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The most common risk factors for developing breast cancer are being a woman and getting older. However, 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by a gene that can be inherited from your mother or father.
Researchers have identified several genes that greatly increase a person's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. These breast-ovarian predisposition genes are known as BRCA genes (BRCA1) and (BRCA2). The function of the BRCA genes is to repair cell damage and keep breast cells growing normally. Abnormalties or mutations in these genes result in a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Identifying who has this gene will provide valuable information on how to monitor and prevent cancer from developing.
What Is The Risk Assessment Screening Program?
The Risk Assessment Screening Program at the Radin Breast Care Center is designed to assist women in evaluating their risk for breast cancer. Prescreening and early diagnosis are the keys to successful treatment! Our nurse coordinator and genetic counselor can provide you and your family with:
Evaluate Your Risk
The best way to evaluate your risk of having one of these inherited genes is to gather a detailed summary of your family's cancer history and other medical conditions. Some of the most important details include the type of cancers and at what ages the cancers were diagnosed. There may be a need to track down medical records, pathology reports or other test results to complete the assessment.
This information will assist in determining the chance that you might have an abnormal BRCA gene. It will be important to review the risks and benefits of testing and who would be the best person to test. In some cases, that may not be you but someone who has already been diagnosed with cancer in your family.
For more information
For more information about the Risk Assessment Screening Program at the Marjorie E. Radin Breast Care Center, contact 559.324.3774.