BRCA genes normally suppress the ability of cancer cells to grow and multiply
When BRCA genes are mutated, their function changes, and cancer cells can begin to grow out of control
If you have a BRCA mutation, your risk of developing ovarian cancer increases
If you have a BRCA1 mutation, you have an estimated 39% chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70. If you have a BRCA2 mutation, you have an estimated 11% chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.
This year alone, ovarian cancer is estimated to be diagnosed in over 22,000 women.
Of those 22,000 women, an estimated 3300 have a BRCA mutation.
Family history is important, but it’s not always an indicator of a BRCA mutation. A study showed that 47% of women with BRCA-mutated ovarian cancer have no family history of relevant cancers.
If you have ovarian cancer and test positive for a BRCA mutation, your treatment options could completely change. Here’s what you need to know:
Targeted therapy is advancing through new developments in science. You’ll want to know your BRCA status to see if you are eligible for these treatments.
If you’re interested in getting BRCA tested, talk to your doctor. Use information in the BRCA Guide to help start the conversation.