Cancer Screening – BRCA Check – Breast and Ovarian

BRCA Check looks for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations

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Check looks for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations to help women understand their hereditary risks for breast and ovarian cancers. Knowing that you have a mutation that increases your risk of developing cancer allows you to create a personalized plan designed to prevent or detect cancer at an earlier or more treatable stage. Complimentary genetic counseling is included.

What does it test for?

BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genetic mutations to help women understand their hereditary risks for breast and ovarian cancers. BRCA 1 mutation can increase chances of breast cancer up to 81% and ovarian cancer up to 54% by age 80.

Who should get tested?

The test is best suited for individuals with either a history of early onset breast or ovarian cancer or a strong family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. Individuals with the following medical or family history factors should consider testing for mutations in BRCA1/2:

  • Early onset breast cancer (under 50 years of age)
  • Bilateral or multiple breast cancers
  • Diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer
  • Family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer
  • Two or more BRCA1 or BRCA2-related cancers in a single family member
  • Male breast cancer within family
  • Ashkenazi Jewish ethnic background

Test kit contents

  • Test box (88x120mm)
  • Anonymised patient ID
  • Saliva collection device
  • User guide
  • Bio hazard bag
  • Pre-paid return envelope

Why is getting tested for the BRCA gene mutation important?

The #1 cancer in women

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the biggest cause of cancer related deaths.

1 in 8 people can be effected

It is estimated that 1 in 8 people will be effected by breast cancer in their lifetime.

Early detection is crucial

Early detection can result in a 90% survival rate, relative to a 5% survival rate for late diagnoses.

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