Are you a good candidate for BRCA testing?
10/27/2016 4:27 PM
Genetic testing can help you make informed decisions about how to manage future risks of cancer. Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) now offers BRCA testing, which is a blood or saliva test that detects mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes that are linked to breast and ovarian cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women with a BRCA gene mutation are seven times more likely to get breast cancer and 30 times more likely to get ovarian cancer before the age of 70 than other women.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR BRCA TESTING?
- · If you have male breast cancer in your family
- · If someone in your family has had breast or ovarian cancer
- · If you were diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45 or younger (it’s important to be tested in this case to know the likelihood that you may have passed the gene to your children/grandchildren or to determine if you are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer)
If your BRCA test is positive, your physician will document it in your chart and may want to give you a more thorough evaluation, order more frequent mammograms or start screening with MRI tests rather than mammography.
To get the BRCA test at the CTMC Women’s Center for Breast Health, you will need a referral from your physician. You will also want to check with your insurance company to see what their requirements are for covering the test.
For more information, or to schedule a BRCA screening, call the CTMC Women’s Center for Breast Health at 512-753-3733.
About the Author:
Lesley Castillo is the patient navigator at CTMC's Women's Center for Breast Health. She works with patients and their families to guide them through breast diagnostics and any steps that my follow.