Early detection saves lives. This is even more important if you have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer. Studies show there is a link between the two diseases.
Dr. Michael Method is a gynecological oncologist. He says having breast cancer can put you at increased risk for ovarian cancer over time and vice versa. It's called breast-ovarian cancer syndrome.
"Anyone who has ovarian cancer is not only high risk of developing breast cancer, they're much higher risk of being a carrier of the gene that actually predisposes them and their family to breast cancer,” Method explained.
The increased risk is connected to mutations in what are called the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Knowing your risk gives you the advantage.
There is preventative action you can take. For instance, getting a mammogram at an earlier age, and doing your self-exam.