and Risk Assessment
According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer, in the U.S. It can occur in both men and women, although very rare in men. Each year there are about 2,300 new cases of breast cancer in men and about 230,000 new cases in women.
A woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful gene mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2. A harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can be inherited from either parent. Each child of a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes has a 50% chance (1 in 2 chances) of inheriting the mutation. The effects of mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are seen even when the second copy of the gene is normal.
The following are features that suggest hereditary cancer:
Genetic counseling is defined by the National Society of Genetic Counselors as the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.
As part of the process of genetic education and counseling, genetic testing may be considered when the following factors are present:
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