A detailed family history can prevent heartbreak: surgeon

Early-stage ovarian cancer is notoriously difficult to detect, but doctors can make a difference by taking a detailed family history, says a gynaecological cancer surgeon.

Dr Robyn Sayer says she is troubled whenever she sees a patient who acknowledges a family history of ovarian cancer.

“Those ones break your heart because you can prevent them from the get-go with preventative surgery,” she said at a Garvan Foundation lunch marking ovarian cancer day.

“It’s best to be proactive and not