The Harley Street Breast Clinic

Routine and rapid breast screening with same-day diagnosis, advice and treatments for all breast problems.

3rd Floor, 148 Harley Street, London, W1G 7LG

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.

Contact our Breast Care Team

If you would like to book an appointment or if you are a doctor who would like to refer a patient then please call our Breast Care Team on +44 (0)20 7908 6071 or email us here.