Based on current information, approximately 7 to 10 percent of breast cancer patients have a family history that includes a mutated gene that is inherited from a mother or a father. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome are cause by mutations of one of two identified genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, (BR=breast: CA=cancer). There are other genes that can also lend increased risk for breast cancer, or hereditary breast cancer, therefore, the current recommendation is new generation panel testing that checks multiple genes for mutation.

Genetic Testing May Be Recommended For:

  • Breast cancer before age 50
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • Two primary breast cancers in the same individual at any age
  • Both breast and ovarian cancer in same individual at any age
  • Male breast cancer at any age
  • Two or more breast cancers in a family, one under 50
  • Three or more relatives with breast cancer at any age
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, breast cancer at any age
  • Triple negative breast cancer at any age (Negative ER, PR and HER2)
  • Identified BRCA mutation in the family
  • Pancreatic cancer with breast or ovarian cancer in the same person or on the same side of the family

If you find that your family history includes one or more of these characteristics, ask to speak to a professional counselor or provider about your own risk.  They can determine if your history qualifies you for BRCA testing.

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