More Women Are Getting BRCA Mutation Testing

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About 5-10% of breast cancer cases and 10-18% of ovarian cancer cases can be attributed to two BRCA mutations.

Previously, mainly women with a history of cancer were referred for genetic testing, but as awareness has grown, more low-risk women are undergoing BRCA testing.

BRCA testing allows for very early screening and prophylactic treatments.

A  study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the proportion of women without a history of cancer who underwent BRCA testing rose sharply from 24.3% in 2004 to 61.5% in 2014.

Did you know that the testing is recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) since 2005 for women with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer? The Affordable Care Act mandates coverage for preventive services that are recommended by USPSTF, including BRCA testing.

The cost of genetic testing is coming down.

What are your thoughts on BRCA testing for women without a history of cancer??

If the test was affordable for you, would you get the BRCA Mutation Testing?

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