Many people worry about developing ovarian or breast cancer because of their family history. In fact, only 5–10 % of cancers are thought to be linked to an inherited gene. But if you’d like to check your risk, Macmillan has a free online tool called OPERA that can help.
It asks you ten multiple-choice questions about your personal and family history and gives you an assessment. You can then print this out and take it to your doctor if there’s anything you want to discuss. To complete the assessment, visit our OPERA information pages.
How OPERA helped Erika
‘I discovered that there was a link between cancer and Ashkenazi Jews due to a specific gene. So I decided to take Macmillan’s OPERA questionnaire to see whether there were any other reasons I would be at higher risk of getting cancer.
‘Once I completed it, I was reassured to find out that due to other factors in my life, I wasn’t at any more risk than other women. I found OPERA to be a valuable tool that helped me weigh up everything.’
Find out more about Ovarian Cancer Awareness.