Surgery reduces Cancer Risk

261F06F000000578-3018672-image-m-2_1427752443565Catherine Murley’s story is featured in the Daily Mail¬†(click the link to read the full article). She opts for radical surgery at The Weymouth Hospital with Mr Rosenthal to reduce the risk of a faulty gene allowing her to develop Ovarian Cancer.

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To prevent herself following in the footsteps of her female relatives, Angelina last week revealed she’s had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed (she had a 50 per cent risk of developing ovarian cancer). This comes two years after a preventative double mastectomy because of her raised risk of breast cancer.

But while many people know that a greater risk of developing these cancers can be inherited, what is less well known is that it’s not just down the female line; the risk can be passed on from your father’s side of the family, too.

Catherine Murley, a 44-year-old commercial manager from Rugby, inherited a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer from her father as result of a faulty BRCA1 gene.

Dr Rosenthal comments

Assuming it’s just the mother’s line that you need to worry about is an understandable mistake, says Dr Rosenthal, as these genes tend to cause female cancers.

‘However, they are not passed down on the female sex chromosome, like some inherited diseases. Men carry them just as easily as women,’ he says. ‘But women are more vulnerable to the effects.’ While a faulty BRCA gene raises a man’s risk of prostate cancer to 10 to 25 per cent, they raise a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer to 15 to 45 per cent, and the risk of breast cancer to 45 to 90 per cent.