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

Genetic Cancer - Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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.

As genetic testing options increase, having an in-depth genetics evaluation for anyone considering testing is more important than ever.

The Northside Genetic 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:

  • 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
  • You meet any of these criteria and previously tested negative for mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 

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1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

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