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Conditions We Treat: BRCA1 and BRCA 2 Gene Mutations
Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Harmful changes (mutations) in one or both of these genes can increase a woman’s risk of developing both breast and ovarian cancers, and in some cases fallopian tube and/or peritoneal cancers. If you have mutations in either of these genes, there are preventive treatment options available to help you reduce your risk.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 Genes: What You Need to Know
- Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. These are important genes that help repair damaged DNA.
- Harmful changes (mutations) in one or both of these genes may increase a woman’s chances of developing breast and ovarian cancer, and in some cases fallopian and/or peritoneal cancer.
- BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations are hereditary and can be passed on to both males and females.
- Genetic testing can reveal BRCA1 and BRCA 2 mutations. If genetic testing determines the presence of BRCA1 and/or BRCA 2 gene mutations, a woman, along with the help of her doctor, can take steps to manage her risk of developing cancer.
- If you are considering undergoing genetic testing, you should first make an appointment with a genetic counselor and a gynecologic oncologist.
Why choose Johns Hopkins for management of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations?
Our Patient Care
We believe in treating the whole patient — body, mind and spirit. “We are by your side every step of the way — whether you are just beginning treatment or have completed treatment and are undergoing survivorship care.” – Amanda Fader, M.D.
As part of your care, we offer a range of fertility preservation services.