Who should be tested?

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH -

The BRCA mu­ta­tion greatly in­creases a woman’s risk of breast or ovar­ian cancer. De­pend­ing on in­di­vid­ual and fam­ily fac­tors, women with the mu­ta­tion have a 40-90 per cent chance of de­vel­op­ing breast cancer. An­gelina Jolie was re­port­edly told her BRCA1 mu­ta­tion gave her an 87 per cent chance. Ask your GP about a re­fer­ral for ge­netic test­ing if you were di­ag­nosed with breast cancer un­der 40 (or triple neg­a­tive breast cancer un­der 50, or lob­u­lar breast cancer at any age). If you haven’t had breast cancer, you qual­ify for re­fer­ral if you have a fam­ily his­tory of breast or ovar­ian cancer in­volv­ing at least two first or sec­ond de­gree rel­a­tives on the same side of the fam­ily, plus an ad­di­tional fac­tor such as more than two rel­a­tives di­ag­nosed, a rel­a­tive di­ag­nosed un­der 50, male breast cancer, more than one breast or ovar­ian cancer in the same woman, or if you have Ashke­nazi Jewish an­ces­try. Or con­tact your re­gional branch of Ge­netic Health Ser­vice NZ – see ge­netichealth­ser­vice.org.nz . If you have the mu­ta­tion, you may pass it on to your sons and daugh­ters even if you don’t de­velop cancer your­self. How­ever, the test can’t pre­dict whether you will ac­tu­ally go on to de­velop cancer.

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