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The Pink Hope online assessment tool will help you determine your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer based on your family health history.

Developed in partnership between Pink Hope and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

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Know your risk

Pink Hope has developed a simple questionnaire to help assess your risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

This tool will provide you with information to help you start a conversation with your doctor about your level of breast and ovarian cancer risk. There are situations where it is advised not to use this tool. We recommend you read more here before you start to make sure this tool is right for you.

There are 15 questions in total, you may not need to answer them all and it should take only a few minutes to complete. There are few things to know before you get started which will help you in answering the questions.

Have you ever had a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer?

Do any of your blood relatives have a change (mutation) in a high risk breast-ovarian cancer gene e.g. BRCA1, BRCA2?

Do you have a close male relative (father, brother, son, nephew, grandfather, uncle or grandson) with breast cancer?

Do you have THREE or more close relatives with breast or ovarian cancer on one side of your family?

Do you have TWO close relatives, both with OVARIAN cancer on one side of your family?

Have TWO of the following relatives, mother, sister or daughter, had breast or ovarian cancer?

Have ANY of those relatives in the previous question (your mother, sister or daughter) had ANY of the following features?

Have any TWO close relatives had breast or ovarian cancer on one side of your family, there must be one from BOTH Group A and Group B below?

Group A: Your mother or your sister or your daughter PLUS
Group B: Your aunt or your grandmother or your granddaughter or your niece

Have ANY of those relatives in the previous question with cancer had any of the following features?

Have TWO of any of the following relatives on one side of your family (nieces, aunt, grandmother or grandchildren) had breast or ovarian cancer?

Has one of your relatives in the previous question had at least one of these features?

Breast cancer diagnosed before 50 years of age
Ovarian cancer diagnosed less than age 50?

Has ONE of the following relatives on either side of your family (your aunt/your grandmother/your niece) had breast or ovarian cancer?

Have ANY of the following relatives (mother, sister, daughter) been affected by breast cancer?

Does your relative with cancer have any of the following features?

Have ANY of the following relatives (mother, sister, daughter) been affected by ovarian cancer?

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Note

This assessment tool is a general guide only and does not replace specialist advice.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

If you have any difficulty in using the tool or do not understand the questions you can ask our Online Genetic Counsellor or speak to your doctor.

This assessment tool is a general guide only and does not replace specialist advice.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

High risk genes can be passed down from either your Father OR your Mother. So think about BOTH sides of your family and just for this question think about your cousins and more distant relatives too.

It isn’t as common for men to develop breast cancer as it is for women. If you have a close male relative with breast cancer it is good to get advice about what this might mean for your breast cancer risk.

Close family members are blood relatives of you and each other. Close relatives are parents, brothers, sisters, children, grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

If you aren’t sure if your relatives cancer started in the ovaries check with them or another close family members first.

Not all ovarian cancers are the same. Knowing what type of ovarian cancer your relative had can help in assessing your breast and/or ovarian cancer risk.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

It is important to know the original ethnicity/country of origin for your relatives, and in particular if you have Jewish ancestry. People from a Jewish background (particularly European, or Ashkenazi, Jewish background) are more likely to carry a mutation (change) in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Relatives must be on the same side of the family. For example both on Mum’s OR both on Dad’s side.

It is important to know the original ethnicity/country of origin for your relatives, and in particular if you have Jewish ancestry. People from a Jewish background (particularly European, or Ashkenazi, Jewish background) are more likely to carry a mutation (change) in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Relatives must be on the same side of the family. For example both on Mum’s OR both on Dad’s side.

Most types of ovarian cancer are ‘high grade serous’ type, genetic testing of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes is now offered to such women irrespective of whether they have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer.

Most women who develop breast cancer do so due to random changes in their breast cells rather than inheriting a gene.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

Finding out if women who have had breast cancer had just one breast cancer or more is important, as if women have had more than one it can impact on the risk of close female family members.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

This tool is specifically designed for women with no personal history of cancer and with only a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

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