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|9/22/2010||Hi,I had dcis and then found out I had BRCA2 gene, and then told I have a high risk of ovarian. Went for my transvaginal and was told everything seemed fine--but there was a follicle on my left ovary--but again told that this is normal--is it? Should I be worried--by the way I am 40 and the technician told me it was okay-after she consulted with the radialogist. So scared and nervous.Thanks|
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|9/22/2010||BRCA 1 and 2 carriers do have an increased risk of ovarian cancer. BRCA 1 patients have a higher risk than BRCA 2 carriers, but risk is risk to some degree. It's important to meet with a gyn oncologist and discuss your options for managing your risk. Without the ability to see the ultrasound images no one can comment if this "follicle" is okay or not. That said, transvaginal ultrasound is not a reliable way to determine if you have ovarian cancer. Nor is a CA 125 blood test unfortunately. Most women opt to have the ovaries and fallopian tubes removed once they have completed child bearing. so meet with a gyn oncologist and discuss all your options and the timing of when to do what.|
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