Every woman has some risk for breast cancer. For the average woman this risk is around 12% (or 1 in 8). But there are many factors that can influence a woman’s chances of developing breast cancer and more and more is being discovered about how to best understand these influences.
It is well known that at least 5-10% of breast cancers and up to 25% of ovarian cancers are due to an inherited risk. Mutations, or changes, in two genes, BRCA1 & BRCA2, are the cause of most families with a hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer; however, additional genes have been discovered and testing is now available for these genes. Identifying families with an inherited risk can be one of the most important tools an individual can have to make sure they are receiving the most appropriate care that is personalized to their risk.
The Northside Hereditary Cancer Program provides genetic counseling as well as testing for mutations in these genes. Our dedicated staff will help educate you and your family about your cancer risks as well as the preventative measures and management options available so you have a care plan tailored to your needs and risks.
Attend one of our free monthly genetics education classes (Atlanta campus).
Consider a genetics evaluation for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer if: