Genetic Testing and Counseling
Genetic testing can help women know their risk for breast cancer. The Breast Center at Floyd offers genetic testing to women who meet certain criteria so they can find out if they carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
Research has shown that women who carry certain BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutated, or altered, genes have a higher chance of getting breast cancer.
Should You Consider Testing
If your family medical history includes any of the following, you may want to consider genetic counseling and testing:
- Are you a female who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50?
- Are you a male who was diagnosed with breast cancer at any age?
- Do you have a mother, sister, daughter, grandmother or aunt had breast cancer before age 50 or ovarian cancer at any age?
- Do you have a close male relative was diagnosed with breast cancer?
Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all breast cancers are inherited. Mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can be passed down through a mother or a father. A BRCA mutation is the single, biggest risk factor for breast cancer.
A woman who carries one of these gene mutations has the following chances for breast cancer:
- 80 percent chance of getting breast cancer in her lifetime
- 50 percent risk of getting breast cancer by age 50
- 64 percent chance of getting breast cancer twice in a lifetime.
Women who know whether they carry the mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene can take steps to manage their cancer risks. These measures include: more frequent, detailed cancer screenings and exams; taking certain drugs to prevent, delay or reduce the risks of cancer; and elective, radical surgery.
Women who meet certain criteria are encouraged to undergo genetic testing to find out if they carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation. The staff at The Breast Center at Floyd can help you determine whether or not you should have this genetic testing and provide counseling.
The first step in getting genetic testing offered by The Breast Center at Floyd is setting up an evaluation for genetic counseling and testing. This appointment includes a detailed review of your personal and family medical history. Discussion will also cover what happens if the test results are positive or negative.
Most commercial insurance companies cover the cost of testing if your counseling session determines you have any of the risk factors for breast cancer or there is already a cancer present.
For more information, contact The Breast Center at Floyd at 706.509.6840 or
request an appointment online