Hartenbach talks about hereditary cancer risk in article from Carbone Cancer Center

recent article published by the UW Carbone Cancer Center shares one patient’s experience with ovarian and breast cancer related to BRCA genetic mutations. In the article, UW Ob-Gyn Department Chair and Professor of Gynecologic Oncology Ellen Hartenbach, MD, discusses hereditary cancer risk:

“Hartenbach said it’s important for people to know their family history with cancer, and those with many close relatives should seek genetic evaluation and testing for hereditary risk factors. Patients with BRCA mutations can work closely with their care team for increased cancer screenings, and they can also choose preventive surgical options to lower cancer risks.

“The bottom line is that women have to gather the information and make a personal decision,” Hartenbach said.”

Read the whole article here!