If you think you might be at high risk for ovarian and breast cancer, you should contact your healthcare provider to discuss your risk and find out what you can do to lower your risk.
What questions should I ask my doctor about my breast and ovarian cancer risk?
Not sure where to start? Here are three questions to ask at your next appointment:
- Can we discuss my risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer? I think I might be at high risk. Bring your results from the Access Your Risk tool, and be prepared to answer questions about cancers within your family history.
- Should I speak to a genetic counselor? Genetic counseling can help you understand your risk based on your personal and family medical history. They may also recommend that you get genetic testing to see whether you have a genetic mutation that is known to increase the risk for ovarian and breast cancer. Check out genetic counselors in your area.
- What things I can do to be proactive about my health and lower my risk for ovarian/breast cancer?
What if I don’t have a trusted healthcare provider?
Having a trusted relationship with your healthcare provider is an important component of advocating for your health. The better you know your provider, the better they will be equipped to help you reach your health goals, and the more comfortable you’ll be to ask questions. Here are a few tips on how to find a doctor you trust.