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High Risk Evaluation
Genetic Testing

Ten percent of all breast and ovarian cancers are hereditary. The majority of heredity and ovarian cancer is due to a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. These mutations can be inherited from either your mother or father. Individuals who are found to be positive for either the BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 carry an increased risk for breast cancer of approximately 87% and approximately 44% for ovarian cancer (Myriad, 2004).

Individuals who should consider genetic testing are those with a personal or family history of:
Breast cancer before age 50
Ovarian cancer at any age
Bilateral breast cancer
Male breast cancer
Relatives of a BRCA mutation carrier

Once an individual is identified who might benefit from genetic counseling we refer them to a healthcare provider available in our office, who will have a thorough discussion about what genetic counseling means, some of the potential recommendations for treatment, or follow-up for individuals who test positive for the gene mutation. Testing is done by drawing a blood sample which is sent to a special lab. The results usually are back within 2 – 3 weeks. Some but not all health insurance policies will cover the testing. You should always check with your insurance provider first before having the test as it can be expensive.

 
 
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