23 June 2017

The Importance of BrCA Testing for Women

The BrCA is a gene that can mean that a patient is susceptible to breast cancer and ovarian cancer. The BrCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful changesBcRA Testing in Generations (mutations) in either one of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes, BrCA 1 and BrCA 2. Women who have inherited mutations in these genes face a much higher risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer compared with women who do not show the mutation. The BrCA gene test is offered only to people who are likely to have an inherited mutation, based on personal or family history, or who have specific types of breast cancer. The BrCA gene test is not routinely performed on women at average risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Having a BrCA gene mutation is uncommon. Inherited BrCA gene mutations are responsible for about 5 percent of breast cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers. After determining the outcome of the BrCA gene test, you learn whether you carry an inherited BrCA gene mutation and receive an estimate of your personal risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Genetic counseling is an important part of the BrCA gene test process and knowing how to help prevent further chances of contracting breast and ovarian cancer can be determined.

You might be at increased risk of having a BrCA gene mutation if you have:

  • A personal history of breast cancer diagnosed at a young age (premenopausal), breast cancer affecting both breasts (bilateral breast cancer), or both breast and ovarian cancers
  • A personal history of ovarian cancer and a close relative with ovarian cancer or premenopausal breast cancer or both
  • A history of breast cancer at a young age in two or more close relatives, such as your parents, siblings and children
  • A male relative with breast cancer
  • A family member who has both breast and ovarian cancers
  • A family member with bilateral breast cancer
  • Two or more relatives with ovarian cancer
  • A relative with a known BrCA1 or BrCA2 mutation

There is really no medical risk associated with being tested for a BrCA gene mutation. If would like further information about the BrCA testing, please call the offices of Dr. Joanne Hinson at 801-364-4030.
 

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Passionate about her vision. Treating women as people, respecting their value as females, and as people.

25 years of OB/GYN experience, acting as the only doctor for most of her patients , treating other medical needs as well.

Emphasizes a partnership with the patient in her health care, strongly advocating her responsibility in her health.

Focused, nonjudgemental listener, effective communicator and educator.

Considers the patient's overall health, mental state, and social issues as possible factors contributing to her present problems.

Considers the female body as a whole, not just the pelvic region.

Committed to staying current with changing guidelines and treatment options.

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For 25 years Dr. Joanne S. Hinson has provided compassionate healthcare to the women of Salt Lake City, Utah and beyond. From puberty to menopause, Dr Hinson provides the best personalized GYN services… caring for the whole woman.

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