ABC News - "Woman Chose Hysterectomy to Avoid Cancer"
Sarah Durham said she knew it was time to undergo a radical hysterectomy when she went into full-fledged panic mode every time she was scheduled for an ovarian cancer screening.
Sarah's family history was riddled with cancer. Her mother, Magi Durham Ziff, beat breast and endometrial cancer before being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. She died the following year. Doctors told Durham and her mother to see a genetic counselor before Magi's death. David Fishman, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Durham's Gynecological Oncologist and Director of the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital, said predisposition for cancer is not always obvious, which is why it's important to seek genetic counseling. "We now know over 20 gene mutations associated with increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer," Fishman said. "Family history is a critical component to identify people at risk."
-Dr. David Fishman, Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai