A focus on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes
Did you know?
- Everyone has the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, but only some people have a mutation (or a change) in one of these genes.
- Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 increase the lifetime risk of developing certain cancers, including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.
- Mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 affect both women and men, and can be passed down from either parent to their children.
- If you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, there are options to help manage or reduce your cancer risks. A geneticist or genetic counselor can help you understand these risks and make important health decisions.
Dr. Noura Abul-Husn
Clinical Director, The Center for Genomic Health