Cancer Screening & Management
Our practice provides BRACAnalysis in the office. If you or your close relatives have a history of breast or ovarian cancer, there may be an inherited risk that runs in your family.
BRACAnalysis is not like a mammogram or other screening tests intended for the general population. It’s specifically for individuals thought to be at high risk of breast of ovarian cancer – due to family history of because they developed breast cancer before the age of 50 or ovarian cancer at any age.
Many people do not realize that about 10% of breast and ovarian cancer are hereditary – that is, they are due to a mutated (altered) gene passed on from parent to child. You don’t actually inherit cancer, but you inherit a higher risk of developing it.
The BRACA test can tell you whether a BRAC1 or BRAC2 mutation runs in your family. The test results can help our providers estimate your risk for breast or ovarian cancer, so that a personalized cancer risk reduction plan can be developed for you. The test does not tell you whether you have cancer or not.