Genetic Testing

Approximately 10% of breast and ovarian cancer are inherited. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are often due to a mutation or alteration in either of 2 genes-BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can be inherited from either your father or mother and can be passed on to your children if you have the abnormal gene.

If you have the BRACA1 and BRCA2 gene, you can take action in order to reduce your chance of getting breast or ovarian cancer or both. Knowing this information will afford you the ability to make a plan of action with your physician in order to prevent breast or ovarian cancer.

Not everyone should have genetic testing. A person who should consider genetic testing my have a personal or family history of one or more of the following:
  • Breast cancer before age 50
  • Ovarian cancer at any age
  • 2 primary breast cancers in an individual at any age
  • Male breast cancer at any age
  • 2 or more breast cancers in a family, one under the age of 50
  • Women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent with breast or ovarian cancer at any age
  • A previously identified BRCA mutation in the family
The BRCA1 and BRCA2 analysis can be collected by taking a small amount of your blood or from oral washings. The results are reported to your ordering physician within 7-10 business days. Most insurance cover some of the testing cost if one of the above criteria is met.

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