1 in 400
carry the mutation in either BRCA1 or BRCA2
the increased risk of developing breast cancer in your lifetime
the increased risk of developing ovarian cancer in your lifetime
Does cancer run in YOUR family?
If so, you or your family members could be at increased risk for cancer.
More than 50 hereditary cancer syndromes have been identified. BRCA1 and BRCA2, the hereditary genes related to breast and ovarian cancer, are the most common. As many as 1 in 400 people carry a mutation in either BRCA1 or BRCA2. If you carry a mutation in either of these genes your risk of developing breast cancer by age 70 increases up to 87% and your risk of developing ovarian cancer by age 70 increase up to 54%.
Other common hereditary cancer types are Colon, Ovarian, Endometrial, Pancreatic and Prostate. For information on rare hereditary cancers, click here.
Genetic testing is available to determine if you have an inherited form of cancer and an increased risk of other cancers. Our founder, Nancy West Romer, carried the BRCA1 mutation. At only age 40, she passed away after an 8-year battle with ovarian cancer; had she known she carried the gene, she could have taken proactive measures and her outcome could have been completely different.
That’s why Check Your Genes was formed: to urge everyone to know their family history and get tested. Knowing your risk can help you make proactive decisions about your own health to avoid a cancer diagnosis and save your life, or the life of someone you love. Please…
- Learn your family’s history of breast and ovarian cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can be inherited from a mother OR father).
- Review the risk factors
- Talk to your doctor to see if genetic testing is right for you.
- Seek genetic counseling if you think you are at risk.
- Share this website with others who might be at risk.
- Knowledge is the best form of early detection. Determine your risk today.
For You. For Them. For Us.
To view the webinar, Updates in Communicating with Your Family About a BRCA Mutation and the video, What is a BRCA1/2 Gene Mutation and Why Is It Important to Know If You Have It, click below.
Hereditary Cancer Assessment
This is not a test, but rather a questionnaire to help determine risk so you can be prepared to talk to your doctor about further evaluation of your personal and family history of cancer.
Don’t forget to include BOTH your mother’s and father’s side of the family when answering questions as hereditary cancers can be passed along from either of your parents. Take the quiz.