About 5-10% of breast and up to 25% of ovarian cancers are due to an inherited risk (passed down from parents to their children). Researchers now have identified the genes that are responsible for many of these cancers. Mutations (changes) in two genes, BRCA1 & BRCA2, are involved in a majority of families with multiple relatives diagnosed with early onset Breast or Ovarian cancer. However, additional genes have been discovered and testing is now available for these genes. But, as genetic testing options increase, the importance of an in-depth genetics evaluation for anyone considering testing is more important than ever.
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.
Consider a genetics evaluation for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer if:
You were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45
You were diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age
You have a male relative with Breast Cancer
You have two or more blood relatives—on either mother's or the father's side—who had a breast cancer before the age of 50 or ovarian cancer at any age
You are Ashkenazi or Eastern European Jewish descent.
(90% of all American Jews are Ashkenazi)
You have a close family member that meets any of these criteria