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Mutations in both BRCA1 and BRCA2 are characterised by predisposition to breast cancer and ovarian cancer as well as prostate cancer (BRCA1) and other cancers (BRCA2).
The risk of developing cancer that is associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer-predisposing mutations is not known and appears to be variable even within families of similar ethnic background with the same mutation.
Estimates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer risks have been derived from families with multiple affected individuals as well as from families with few affected individuals and from population-based studies.
Prognosis for breast cancer survival depends upon the stage at which breast cancer is diagnosed and may not be different between individuals with BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer-predisposing mutations and controls.
Cancer-predisposing mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. It is preferable to identify the specific cancer-predisposing mutation in an affected family member first; then, molecular genetic testing of either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene can be used in genetic counselling and testing of asymptomatic at-risk family members. Offspring of individuals with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 cancer-predisposing mutation have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene mutation. Prenatal testing is possible for foetuses at 50% risk; however, requests for prenatal diagnosis of adult-onset diseases are uncommon and require careful genetic counselling.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Breast Cancer Genetic Test blood sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Breast Cancer Genetic Test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Breast Cancer Genetic Test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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