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BRCA1 Genetic Testing: Know Your Risk and Take Action

If you have a family history of breast cancer, genetic testing for BRCA1 can help detect your risk levels. Early detection can save lives. 
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What is BRCA1 Genetic Testing?

BRCA1 is a gene that codes for a protein that suppresses tumors. A mutation in BRCA1 can increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Genetic testing can determine if you have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene and if you have a higher risk of developing cancer.

The Importance of Early Detection

Knowledge is power when it comes to breast cancer. Early detection can save lives. Genetic testing for BRCA1 can help you and your doctor create a plan for early detection and prevention.

Why Children of Affected Parents Need to be Tested

Children of parents who have the BRCA1 mutation have a 50% chance of inheriting the mutation. If one parent has the mutation, their children must be tested to determine their risk level and catch cancer early if it develops.

When Should You Get BRCA1 Genetic Testing?

If a family member has had breast or ovarian cancer, the recommended age for genetic testing is 18. If an immediate family member was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50, the recommended age for testing is 25. If you have a BRCA1 mutation, preventative measures can be taken as early as the late 20s.

The Procedure for BRCA1 Genetic Testing

BRCA1 genetic testing requires a blood or saliva sample. The testing will look for mutations in the BRCA1 gene. Results can take a few weeks to receive. You and your doctor can discuss the best course of action depending on your results.

Results and Interpretation of BRCA1 Genetic Testing

If your test is positive for the BRCA1 mutation, it means you have a higher risk of developing certain types of cancer. Your doctor may recommend preventative measures like surgery or increased screenings. If your test is negative for the mutation, it does not mean that you are not at risk for cancer and screening is still important.

Options and Resources for Those with Positive BRCA1 Results

Preventative Surgery

Mastectomy and oophorectomy can significantly reduce the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.

Increased Screening

Annual mammograms and MRIs can help detect cancer early.

Support Groups

Join a support group for individuals with the BRCA1 gene mutation to connect with others and share experiences.

Choose Hope

Stay positive and choose hope. You can take control of your health and work towards cancer prevention.


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