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Modern genetic testing can help beat cancer. BRCA 1 is one of two genes that greatly increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Women who have a family history of breast cancer may choose to be tested for BRCA 1. If they carry the gene they can take action, such as more frequent screening, lifestyle choices, or in some rare cases such as Hollywood celebrity and BRCA 1 carrier Angelina Jolie a preventative mastectomy.
JHAH patients who have one or more of the below genetic markers are eligible to request a BRCA 1 genetic test from their Primary Care Physician.
Genetic markers for BRCA include:
Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility: recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2005; 143:355. Graphic 57434 Version 4.0