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Women urged to check family history for ovarian cancer

Women are being urged to check their family history to for ovarian cancer. The call comes from Ovarian Cancer Action, who say despite Angelina Jolie's high profile double mastectomy, more women are not getting checked for the BRCA gene.

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'63% of women' unaware of BRCA gene mutation

Over half of women have never heard of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, which leads to a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer, research has shown.

A survey carried out by Ovarian Cancer Action also found:

  • Some 15% of women were nervous about talking about the heredity gene with their family.
  • More than 60% said they are not aware of where to get more info about genetic testing.
  • At least 63% haven't heard of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.

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