Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer
Have you considered your hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer?
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and here at RenŪ Progressive Medicine the key word is prevention. Prevention by obtaining the best screening tools, questionnaires and patient care. With the month of October, we would like to bring extra awareness to breast health and breast cancer prevention.
Did you know that approximately seven percent of breast cancer cases are caused by mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. People who carry a mutation in either of these genes have a condition called Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome. They have an up to 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer by age 70. In addition, mutation carriers who have already been diagnosed with cancer have a significantly increased risk of developing a second cancer in the future. Myriad offers genetic testing that can be used to identify people who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
In order to assess your risk of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, your doctor at RenŪ Progressive Medicine may ask you questions about your personal and family history. Knowing your medical history helps us determine whether you might be an appropriate candidate for genetic testing. Genetic testing can provide an accurate assessment of your risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer.