BRCA2

Screening for Third Breast Cancer Genetic Mutation

It is now more common for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer to be familiar with the genetic mutations – BRCA1 and BRCA2. Both increase the risk of developing cancer. Knowing whether you have one of these genetic mutations or not is valuable information for patients and their health care providers. Patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer before the age 45, have multiple family members with breast cancer, or male breast cancer, or who at risk of having the mutation - if a family member either had or may have had the gene, are screened for BRCA1 and BRCA2.

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