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Understanding your cancer risk and being proactive about your health may help you lower your risk for getting breast or ovarian cancer at a young age, or find it at an early stage when treatment works best.

All women can do things to lower their breast and ovarian cancer risk. Young women should learn their family health history, as this can help you learn if you have a higher risk for getting hereditary breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. Learning your family health history also can help you understand if you should talk to your doctor about your risk, and if genetic counseling and testing is right for you.