As many as 1 in 400 people carry a mutation in either BRCA1 or BRCA2, the hereditary genes known to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. If you carry a mutation in either of these genes,
your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer increases up to 87% and your lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer increases up to 54%. Other common hereditary cancers are Colon, Ovarian, Endometrial, Pancreatic and Prostate. Sarcoma is a rare cancer.
The Hereditary Cancer Quiz will help you determine if you should be further evaluated for either Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome. These questions are based on the clinical guidelines doctors use to determine whether an individual should be tested for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome or Lynch syndrome. [MORE…]
You are not alone when you have questions or if you need to share your genetic test results with family members. These stories provide inspiration and courage. Need more information about Genetic Counseling or how to contact a Genetic Counselors? Do you have other questions about hereditary cancer or organizations that provide support? There are numerous resources available. [MORE…]
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Check Your Genes founder Nancy Romer was only 32 years old when she was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. She knew she had a family history of breast cancer but had no idea it was hereditary (read her mother, Judy West’s story), or that a simple test could tell her she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene. Nancy’s mission continues through the passionate work of the Board of Directors and advisory boards.Â [MORE…]
Let’s fight hereditary breast and ovarian cancer together!
We couldn’t do all that we do, and can’t do more, without our donors and volunteers. They are the pulse and soul of our organization and make big things happen every day. Will you help too? Each contribution and volunteer hour makes a very big difference in the life of someone affected by hereditary cancer. [MORE…]