Breast & Ovarian Genetics

About 7% of all breast and 10% of all ovarian cancers are inherited (passed down from parents to their children). Researchers now have identified the genes that are responsible for most 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. The Hereditary Cancer Program provides testing that screens for these mutations. Our dedicated staff will help educate you about your risks and your family's risk for developing these types of cancers and the preventative measures that may reduce those risks.

 Consider Genetic Testing to screen for Breast/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)

Colorectal Cancer

Hereditary Cancer Program
Center Pointe II
1100 Johnson Ferry Rd., Suite 355
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 851-6284

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