Breast & Ovarian Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment

Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?

Most cancer occurs by chance (also called sporadic). In some families we see more cancer than we would expect by chance alone. Determining which of these families have cancer related to an inherited gene mutation is important, as the cancer risks in hereditary cancer families are much higher than the general population. Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome is an inherited condition that causes an increased risk for ovarian cancer and early onset breast cancer (often before age 50). The vast majority of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer is due to an alteration or mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. These mutations can be inherited from either your mother or father. BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations can be passed on in a family. If you have a mutation, your parents, your children, and your brothers and sisters have up to a 50% chance that they have the same mutation. Also, other relatives may be at risk to carry the same mutation. Testing is the only way to accurately identify mutation carriers.
If you are concerned about your risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer you can complete a family history form for hereditary risk assessment. The form can be mailed, faxed or given to the Breast Health Program Coordinator. If you are identified at high risk you have the opportunity to receive free education about genetic risk and screening with the Breast Health Program Coordinator. When you meet you will complete a family pedigree for cancer. A statistical evaluation of risk for possible genetic mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 will then be completed. You will then be referred back to your primary care physician who will be given a written report of the screening and education completed. You and your family’s cancer history will be reviewed with you so that you can have helpful information to give to your physician. For more information regarding screening and risk assessment please contact the Breast Health Program Coordinator, Martha Osborne, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N. at 909.865.9691. You can click on the link below to access the Family History Form.
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