BRCA gene test is a kind of blood test that makes use of your DNA analysis to recognize the harmful mutations or changes in one or two types of susceptibility breast cancer genes.
People who get these mutations in their genes hereditarily are at risk of having breast cancer.
Who can get the BRCA gene testing?
- Someone who has a history of having more than two types of cancer
- A relative who has BRCA 2 or BRCA 1 mutation
- A breast cancer history
- A history of breast cancer that is diagnosed before you are forty-five years old
- A history of ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic or prostate cancer history
- A male breast cancer history
- Breast cancer history at a young age
Why is this test done?
BRCA gene test helps determine whether you have mutations or changes in the DNA that enhance the breast cancer risk. Know how to prevent this breast cancer risk from Prolife Cancer Centre and Research Institute.
Mutations in either of the breast cancer genes like BRCA 2 or 1 can increase your risk of having the following-
- Breast cancer
- Male breast cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
Is there any risk to getting the BRCA genetic test?
If one detects a genetic mutation, one can talk with their doctor to control the risk. But there is no risk with getting the test done. However, you may get bruising, bleeding, or feel light-headed.
In case someone tests positive for genetic mutation, they may feel depressed, sad, angry, and anxious. On the other hand, if the test comes out as negative, they may feel survivor guilt or uncertainty towards their results.
But, one must avoid any uncertainty. They must talk to healthcare professionals when there is still time. Regular tests and screenings can be helpful in this regard.
If you want to get the BRCA gene testing done, you can reach out to Prolife Cancer Centre and Research Institute, Pune.
Dr. Sumit Shah is the Founder of Prolife Cancer Centre & Research Institute which provides Cancer Treatment most comprehensive and integrated Cancer Treatment under one roof. He is the Chief Consultant, Surgical Oncologist & Laparoscopic surgeon. He has pursued a super speciality course at the Cancer Centre Welfare Home and Res. Institute, Kolkata and being awarded as the Best Outgoing Cancer Surgeon from this Institute. He is one of the few Cancer Specialists in Pune who possess this recognized degree in Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Sumit Shah has treated more than 20,000 cancer patients. He is one of the few cancer specialists who perform Minimal Access (keyhole) Surgery to offer his patients a smooth & pain-free recovery from Cancer.