Researchers at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York have found a genetic mutation for ovarian cancer that can be passed from father to daughter. This genetic factor is also associated with an higher risk for prostate cancer.
The researchers used data from the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, which is based in Roswell Park and is funded by donors. They found that cases of ovarian cancer linked to the newly identified genetic mutation developed more than six years earlier than average-onset ovarian cancer. More research is needed to learn more about genetic factors that increase ovarian cancer risk.