HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) - It's a cancer that often goes undiagnosed until it's almost too late. Each year 15,000 women will die from ovarian cancer.
If you have a history of ovarian cancer in your family, it's likely you carry the BRCA1 gene mutation. The same gene used to detect your chances of breast cancer can also detect your chances of ovarian cancer. If you have it, you have an increased chance of developing ovarian cancer by 50 percent.
One West Michigan family has eight women with the gene and now their taking the necessary steps to protect their daughters.
"I can still see her taking the pies out of the oven and cookies." Her family photos are the only reminders Linda Verburg has of her mother, "And the ring-around-the-rosey pictures in the kitchen back on the west side."
She died when Linda was just 11 years old from ovarian cancer.