Journal article

Psychological sequelae of ovarian cancer screening and genetic testing for ovarian cancer susceptibility

A Fuchsia Howard, M Pirotta, LG Balneaves

Current Women's Health Reviews | Published : 2011

Abstract

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of gynaecological malignancies. Although early detection efforts have been relatively unsuccessful in reducing mortality at the population level, ovarian cancer screening continues to be offered to some women. Testing for mutations in the BRCA1/2 genes can determine whether women have a heightened risk of developing ovarian cancer and those found to be at high risk are closely followed and offered cancer risk-reducing strategies. Yet, ovarian cancer screening and genetic testing have potential psychological sequelae. The purpose of this article is to present an overview of these psychological sequelae. Overall, women who receive normal ovarian cancer screeni..

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