The BRCA test is a blood test to check for changes in genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. This test that can let you know your risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. People with changes in these genes may be at higher risk for these cancers. This is not a test for cancer, it is a test that can tell you if a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer runs in your family based on these certain genes.
You may know that breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family, but you may not know how this relates to your risk. Fortunately, this blood test is a tool to identify this kind of inherited risk so you can take action to reduce your chances of developing cancer.
Inherited risk for breast and ovarian cancer no longer means that cancer is inevitable. Knowledge is a powerful thing, and your confidential BRAC Analysis results will help you and your family.
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is an inherited condition that causes an increased risk developing these cancers, often before the age of 50. Research shows that about 10% of breast and ovarian cancer is due to an alteration in either of 2 genes-BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can come from either your mother or your father. BRCA Analysis testing identifies BRCA mutations, so you can take action to reduce your chances of developing cancer.
You should consider testing if you:
- Have had breast cancer before age 50
- Have 2 or more relatives who've had breast cancer
- Have a male relative whos had breast cancer
- Have had breast cancer in both breast or twice in the same breast
- Have had breast cancer and are of Ashkenazi, or Eastern European Jewish, ancestry
- Have had ovarian cancer at any age
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