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If I have the BRCA mutation, is it certain I will develop ovarian and/or breast cancer? What do I do?

By Anonymous September 18, 2014 - 10:45am
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Hi Anon and thanks for your question!

A woman who has the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene has a much higher risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer as compared to a woman who goes not have the genes, but it does not automatically mean she will get those cancers.

Since you shared that you do have the mutation the best thing you can do is to ask questions, just as you are doing by coming to EmpowHER, and to educate yourself on what this means.

A reliable place to start is the National Cancer Institute. Please see this page, BRCA1 and BCRA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing, for in-depth information, including a section on how people who test positive can manage their risk of cancer.

We hope this has been helpful. Let us know if you have additional questions.


September 18, 2014 - 5:36pm
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