• How often does uterine cancer spread to the breast?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

    How often does uterine cancer spread to the breast?

    I hear about Angelina Jolie having double mastectomy yesterday and now she says she's going to have Ovaries taken out to "just in case". Is that overkill? or good advice? I would be the opposite. So how often does it spread to breasts?

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    • carm's Avatar

      Actually when I found out she had had the mastectomy and not the TAHBSO I was suprised. If you carry the BRCA gene it means that you are at a high risk for both ovarian and breast cancer and her mother died of ovarian cancer. Working with gyne onc patients I have had a few patients with both so it makes sense to have her ovaries removed. I hope this answers your question. Take care, Carm.

      over 3 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      There are multiple mutations in every type of cancer. This is why genetic testing is suggested even if you have cancer so you can see if other mutations are in your body that could lead to other cancers.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong: Breast cancer does not spread to the ovaries and ovarian cancer does not spread to the breasts. If you test positive for BRCA gene then you are at higher risk for both of these types of cancer, but they are two distinct types. One is not a metastasis of the other.

      over 3 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      She had genetic testing and found out she has a mutation of the BRAC1 gene which increases the risks of ovarian and breast cancer. Here is a website that explains the risks associated with mutations of the BRAC1 and BRAC2 genes: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA

      over 3 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I read that also. Her mother apparently died of ovarian cancer fairly young and since she carries the same gene she is trying to mitigate as much risk as possible. Since she does not have to convince an insurance company to pay for these procedures I wish her all the best. My daughter and I had a long talk about it yesterday, Angelina has done a great thing by bringing up the discussion but most insurance companies are not going to agree to removal "just in case". She was wondering how much the test cost and how many would want to know?

      over 3 years ago

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