How Ovarian Cancer Affects Families

Ovarian cancer doesn’t just affect the women who are diagnosed–it also touches their family and friends. In honor of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer week, we are spotlighting the story of one family whose lives were changed by this disease.

Our board member Matthew Miller got involved with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in part because of a family history with the disease: “My family has a history of ovarian cancer.  My mother died of ovarian cancer in 1994. Science has advanced so that we can now test for BRCA mutations and make choices to mitigate the risk of getting ovarian cancer. My sister Julie, who has a mutation in the BRCA gene, is doing this right now.”

Matt’s sister Julie is featured in an upcoming documentary called My Future Baby. In the clip below, she talks about how their family has been affected by ovarian cancer.

Their family’s experience with ovarian cancer inspired Matt to get involved with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. He says, “For my part, I do what I can to help out — including in my role as a board member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. This disease affects all of us.”

The Alliance recently released a statement with four other women’s health organizations urging women to learn about their family history with ovarian and breast cancers. To learn more about the role of genetics in ovarian cancer, click here. You can also spread the word by sharing our fact sheet on Genetics and Ovarian Cancer.