Should breast cancer survivors test for BRCA?

Should breast cancer survivors test for BRCA?

Latest guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) urge women to be tested for mutations in the BRCA gene.

Mutations in the BRCA gene can increase the risk of breast cancer by about 45-65 percent.

The BRCA genes are known as tumor suppressor genes as they help prevent tumors from forming.

About 5-6 percent of all breast cancers are believed to be caused by BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

The USPSTF advises only women with a family history of breast cancer to be tested for harmful BRCA mutations.

According to experts, new mutations have been discovered to help identify more women at risk of developing breast cancer.

Every year, approximately 245,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer, while about 41,000 women die from it.

Therefore, it is required for women to consult their medical professionals on testing for BRCA.