BRCA-1 and BRCA-2
(Breast Cancer Gene 1 and 2) Tests

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Also known as: BRCA; Breast Cancer Susceptibility Genes 1 and 2
Formal name: Breast Cancer Gene 1 and Breast Cancer Gene 2

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To assess the risk of developing breast and/orĀ ovarian cancer

When to Get Tested?

If a BRCA1/2 mutation is present in a family member; if you have a very strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer; if you have had a breast cancer under the age of 35 that is hormone receptor negative

Sample Required?

A blood sampleĀ taken from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?