Doctor’s Corner:

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