Women Urged To Check Breast And Ovarian Cancer Risk

300 in Loddon Mallee diagnosed a year

16 August 2017

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Cancer Council Victoria figures show over 300 women in the Loddon Mallee region will receive either a breast or gynecological cancer diagnosis each year.

To curb the rate of women diagnosed each year a preventative organisation called Pink Hope has an online questionnaire to help ladies check their risk.

It only takes 5 minutes and goes through all the major risk factors like smoking, drinking and familial history.

Newsreader Elle Gentle took the test herself, revealing an 'average' risk.

The 'Know Your Risk' Pink Hope questionnaire can be found here.

If woman wants to know more about their risk of breast and ovarian cancer there are other steps to take.

First speak to your GP.

Then look into getting tested for mutations on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Women who carry a fault in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have a high lifetime risk of breast cancer, estimated to be in the range of 30-60%, according to Cancer Australia.

This can be done at Specialist Clinics in Bendigo Hospital.

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