Cancer app eyes genes
A FREE website and mobile phone app will give patients and their doctors up-to-date information on the two most common breast cancer genes, helping guide difficult decisions on issues such as breast and ovary removal.
The website and app collate information from databases worldwide on tens of thousands of variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and how likely they are to cause cancer.
Cancer scientist Amanda Spurdle, of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, said some variants in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increased a person’s risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers, while others were harmless.
“The effect of many variants is still unknown,” Associate Professor Spurdle said.
She said that until the development of the BRCA Exchange website and app, information about BRCA variants had been contained in many databases with no single, authoritative resource to guide doctors, genetic counsellors and their patients.
To access the website visit brcaexchange.org.