Breast Cancer Gene Testing
Most breast cancer is not caused by genetic changes, however, approximately 10% of patients in the UK have other family members who have had the disease.
A simple blood test allows us to identify two important genes that, when damaged, strongly increase the likelihood of developing breast cancer. These genes are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2. The current figures show that women with a change in BRCA 1 have a 57% risk of developing breast cancer and a 49% risk of developing ovarian cancer. Women with a change in BRCA 2 have a 40% risk of developing breast cancer and a 18% risk of developing ovarian cancer.
The Consultant Breast Surgeon can advise you on your breast cancer risk and on whether a gene test is advisable. If you have concerns about breast cancer, you should always have your breasts checked to ensure you have no current problems. From this point we can arrange an appointment for you to see the Consultant Cancer Geneticist for rapid testing that will take between 2 - 3 weeks to get a final result.