There’s power in knowing your BRCA status
Everyone carries BRCA 1 and 2 genes in their cells. Normally, these genes work to help repair damage to DNA, which occurs every day. With an inherited BRCA gene mutation, damaged DNA may not be repaired properly. This puts people with a mutation at an increased risk for developing certain types of cancer, including breast cancer. Lab tests using a simple blood or saliva sample can determine your BRCA status.
Here’s a BRCA mutation testing checklist for people with metastatic breast cancer:
- Ask your doctor if BRCA testing is appropriate for you
- Get tested
- Review your BRCA test results with your doctor
- Get a referral for genetic counseling to help interpret the test results and assess your family’s risk