Genetic Counseling for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Risk

5 Apr

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that increase the risk of hereditary ovarian cancer, as well as hereditary breast cancer. Testing for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can predict cancer risk, and can now possibly be used to guide treatment and entry into clinical trials.  Dr. Mary S. Beattie, Director of UCSF’s Cancer Risk Program, discusses who should have genetic counseling and why.

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