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BRCA Positive
Has anyone been tested for the BRCA gene?
Is so, why?
If not, why?

(2012-04-12 10:29 AM)andream Wrote: Has anyone been tested for the BRCA gene?
Is so, why?
If not, why?
Hi! I am not familiar with this BRCA gene. Can you explain what this is all about? Thanks
For any users still interested in the BRCA gene...
There are in fact two human genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2.
These genes work as tumour suppressors and normally help to prevent uncontrolled cell growth.
Mutation of these genes has been linked to breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
A woman who has inherited a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation is at a greatly increased risk for breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer.

Genetic tests are available to check for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. This involves giving a blood sample.
The test typically gives a positive or negative result (occasionally, it can be called ambiguous).
A positive result suggests an increased risk whilst a negative result implies the same risk as the rest of the general population.

Who is the test for?
Families with a high incidence of breast cancer are much more likely to have the gene.
The recommended method is to first test an individual in the family who already has breast cancer or ovarian cancer. If the result is positive then the tests can be administered to the rest of the family.

Why might you choose to have the test?
A positive result may allow you to perform preventative check-ups, tests or surgeries. This could, in the long-run help prevent them from getting the disease or have it caught much earlier. Both a positive and a negative result can also relieve someone from uncertainty.

Why might you not choose to have the test?
The result can have a significant effect on the person's psychological well-being. Anxiety from a positive result could cause them to undertake extreme preventative measures such as a prophylactic surgery. It could also result in depression and/or anxiety. A positive result also affects the whole family rather than just one individual.

An important note: inheriting a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation only tells you about the increased risk. People can inherit the gene and not go on to develop breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
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