Ask the Oncologist
BRCA Genetic Testing
Q: I saw the news about Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy. My grandmother had breast cancer, so I’ve been wondering if I should also take the BRCA 1 test. What factors should I consider?
A: Both women and men can carry a genetic mutation, and there are several cancers that a mutation could cause including breast, ovarian, fallopian tube, stomach, colon, brain, thyroid, kidney, melanoma, prostate, pancreatic and others. Gene mutations, like the BRCA 1 gene affiliated with breast cancer, can be passed down from generation to generation. At Arkansas Oncology, we offer genetic counseling services to assess a patient’s personal and family history to determine the likelihood of an increased cancer risk. With this information, patients and their physicians can take steps to prevent the disease or catch it at an earlier stage.
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