BRAC analysis detects if you may have Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome. If HBOC runs in your family it may be because of a mutation or alteration in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. This may increase your risk of developing cancer cells. There is an 87% risk of developing breast cancer and up to a 44% risk of developing ovarian cancer in your lifetime.
Are you suitable for the test?
This depends on whether you/ your family have had:
- breast cancer diagnosed at less than 50 years old
- two primary breast cancers in the same individual
- two individuals with breast cancer on the same side of the family
- male breast cancer
- triple negative breast cancer
- previously identified BRCA mutation in the family
- ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with an HBOC associated cancer
- pancreatic cancer with an additional HBOC associated cancer
- ovarian cancer
Types of BRAC tests
Comprehensive BRCAnalysis – offered to all families with no known mutation
Single site BRCAnalysis – offered to families in which there is a known pathogenic (disease causing) mutation
Multi-site 3 BRCAnalysis – offered to individuals of Jewish heritage who may have cancer themselves or may be unaffected
We send all our genetic samples to Myriad Genetics, a leading genetic testing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They have the largest database in the world making an inconclusive result now rare.