BRCA1 & BRCA2
- A woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
- About 12 percent of women in the general population will develop breast cancer sometime during their lives.
- For women who have a harmful mutation, that number rises to 45 to 65 percent according to recent studies.
- A genetic test for BRCA1 & BRCA2 mutations is available now from CBS Labs.
- Women who have breast cancer and women who have a close relative who has a BRCA mutation are candidates for this testing.