BRCA Testing for Ovarian and Breast Cancer Risk: Do You Need It?

Woman thinking about decision on getting BRCA test

Let’s admit it: Even if you aren’t a celebrity hound, from time to time, famous people do something that catches our attention. And in 2013, Angelina Jolie did just that. The actress revealed to the world she had preventative breast cancer surgery; all because she received a positive result on genetic BCRA testing.

What’s BRCA testing, you ask?

According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, BRCA testing is a genetic test, performed from a blood sample, to access a woman’s genetic risk for breast cancer.

Approximately 5-10% of breast cancer cases are related to an inherited genetic mutation known as BRCA1 or BRCA2 (breast cancer gene 1, breast cancer gene 2). And women, like Angelina Jolie, who test positive for one or both of these genetic mutations have a significantly increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

“BRCA is genetic testing to identify higher breast and ovarian cancer risk which can be performed at your doctor’s office with a blood test that usually takes 2-4 weeks for results,” says Chief Medical Officer and founder of saludmóvil™, Dr. Joseph Mosquera.

 “BRCA are two human genes (BRCA1/BRCA2) on our chromosomes that produce substances called proteins. These proteins help protect and repair cells from certain cancers (breast and ovarian cancer are the most common).

“Whenever these cells are damaged by either the environment or hereditary reasons, they undergo mutations. Cancer cells are more likely to form when the BRCA genes are not working properly.

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