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10 Important Facts About BRCA Gene Mutations

BRCA gene mutations indicate a higher risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Here’s what you should know about your screening and treatment options.

By Elizabeth Millard

All About BRCA Gene Mutations

If you have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations, here's what you should know your options, insurance coverage, and screening for other members of your family.

By Elizabeth Millard

Breaking the News of Hereditary Cancer Risk

Learning you have a high cancer risk gene mutation is hard enough. Here's how to tell your family they might be at risk too.

By Bethany Kandel

Genetic Counselor Explains BRCA Genetic Mutations

Dana Clark, M.S., L.C.G.C., at the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine, discusses when you’re at a high risk for BRCA gene mutations, what testing involves, and what misconceptions she commonly encounters.

By Elizabeth Millard

Angelina Jolie's Effect on Breast Cancer

When Angelina Jolie spoke up about her preventive double mastectomy and BRCA1, she raised more awareness in one day that some organizations do in 10 years.

By Stephanie Stephens

How to Handle the Emotional Impact of BRCA

Have you recently had a genetic test that shows you're predisposed to breast or ovarian cancer? A genetic counselor shares how to process the news.

By Bethany Kandel

Where to Find Support When You Have BRCA

From online support to picking up the telephone and calling a help line, there are resources available to help if you have a BRCA gene mutation.

By Vanessa Caceres

Having a Baby Saved Me From Breast Cancer

Katrina Wells’ daughter was a surprise that might have helped saved her life. Read her story about finding the BRCA1 gene mutation in her pregnancy blood test.

By Erin L. Boyle

How to Live Your Best Life with BRCA

Finding out you have a BRCA gene mutation can be scary. But knowledge is power, and you can take these steps to prevent and detect breast cancer early.

By Katherine Malmo

Family Health History: How Much Do You Know?

When it comes to breast cancer, knowing your family history and following up with genetic testing could save your life. Here's how to find the facts you need.

By Stephanie Stephens