Specific mutations in BRCA genes lead to an increased risk of developing breast cancer. People who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer may want to consider being tested for mutations, particularly if the relative was diagnosed with cancer before age 50. If you’ve been diagnosed with a BRCA mutation, there are still steps you can take to lower your risk of developing a cancer.
“When I meet with women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer because of BRCA mutations, I like to talk about the three options that they have for managing their risk,” says Dr. Freya Schnabel, Director of Breast Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. Those options are:
Almost every day there is conflicting information about what causes breast cancer, or what might lower your risk. In this series, some of the country’s leading researchers separate what we know about cancer risk from what we don’t.
Breast Cancer: Introduction to Prevention & Screening
Risk Factors for Breast Cancer
Continue Cancer Screenings Through COVID-19
Access to Good Information is Crucial After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
What Are the Options if You Have a High Risk of Developing Breast Cancer?
Genetic testing can be used to determine if there was a hereditary cause of your cancer. The need for genetic testing depends on your unique situation.
Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer
Where Can I Get Genetic Testing?
Buyer Beware: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Should I Get Genetic Testing to Assess My Risk for Cancer?
Genetic Testing 101: Should You Try Direct-to-Consumer Brands?