What is the relationship between genes and ovarian cancer?
Genes are the body’s instructions and determine how the body develops and is maintained. Some genes prevent cancer developing: if there is a mutation in one of these cancer genes, then the gene doesn’t work correctly and causes an increased risk of cancer. Mutations in at least 10 genes can cause an increased risk of ovarian cancer and other cancers. However, we know that there are other genes which are also associated with ovarian cancer and researchers are attempting to understand these other genes.