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Genetics and Gynecological Cancer

  • Beth OvermoyerEmail author
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Abstract

Several characteristics are associated with familial cancer syndromes, e.g., the disease onset usually occurs at a younger age than that associated with sporadic cancers. However, an inherited predisposition to gynecologic malignancies remains an important component of the care of the elderly woman, not only as it effects her personal treatment of cancer and the prevention and screening for other malignancies that she may be at risk for, but also the implications for cancer risk among her relatives. For this reason, a discussion of the genetics associated with an inherited predisposition to gynecologic malignancy pertains to women of all ages.

Keywords

Genetics Gynecological cancers Mutations Ovarian cancer Endometrial cancer Colorectal cancer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Women’s Cancer ProgramDana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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