Cancer Research Malaysia was featured on New Sunday Times yesterday. The article by Fernando Fong discusses about genetic testing and calls for greater awareness among patients as a recent Malaysian study shows one in nine ovarian cancer patients inherited the BRCA1 or BRCA2 (breast cancer gene 1 or 2) mutation.

In Malaysia, ovarian cancer is the fourth most common cancer with about 1,000 new cases per year in the country. Between five and 10 per cent of the cancers are familial, while about 11 per cent of patients have gene changes in BRCA1 and BRCA2.

All women are at risk of ovarian cancer. However, a woman is at higher risk if she is over 50 years of age, her family has a history of ovarian, breast, endometrial or colorectal cancer or she has a genetic mutation (for example, BRCA gene mutation) that is associated with ovarian cancer.

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