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An_252760 posted:
I have not had my period in well over a year. However, I have just begun staining. Should I be concerned as there is a family history of ovarian cancer? (I have not been to a doctor in over two years.)
Mary Jane Minkin, MD responded:
Dear An_252760,
I think my response somehow didn't make it to the page. Indeed, any bleeding after a year of no periods does merit investigation. It will most likely turn out to be nothing bad, but it does merit investigation. Now the question that I will ask you is what is your family history of ovarian cancer? If you have two first degree relatives (like mother, sister, or daughter) with ovarian or breast cancer, you should consider the possibility of doing BRCA testing, as we saw with Angelina Jolie. So when you check in with your health care provider, do discuss with her or him the family history issue.
Good luck,
Mary Jane

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