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BRCA Genetic Testing

BRCA Genetic Testing can help you understand whether and to what extent genetics are increasing your breast and ovarian cancer risk.

Facts About Genetic Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk

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About 200,000 women will develop breast cancer this year, and thousands will develop ovarian cancer.

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Many of these women may have been genetically predisposed to develop breast or ovarian cancer.

Research suggests that as many as 10 percent of women diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer carry a modified gene that significantly increased their risk of developing one or the other—or both—in their lifetime. In fact, women who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations are up to 87 percent more likely to develop breast cancer and 44 percent more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not.

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An estimated 1 million people in the U.S. are carrying genes for the most common hereditary gynecologic cancers. Only about 10 percent of those with BRCA mutations have been identified.

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There is a very simple test that will tell you for sure whether you have a BRCA gene mutation. If you meet the criteria for possible genetic risk, most insurance companies will cover it in full.

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Knowledge is power. Armed with the results of BRCA testing, you have the power to properly adjust your commitment to regular screenings. The more you and your doctor know, the more proactive and prepared you can be.

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All primary care and gynecology providers can offer this test at Trios Health, as well as all of the follow-up guidance and care you may need.

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