19 October 2017

BRCA Testing

American women have long heard of both breast and ovarian cancer. Either one can pose a real threat at any age, and if a woman has had one of the cancers, she may be especially worried about developing another. 

Some women want to know if they are at high risk for getting breast or ovarian cancer. Often, these women have a family history of cancer, and may have what is called Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome. HBOC Syndrome is an inherited risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer and it is estimated that 5% of people who have breast cancer and 15% of women who have ovarian cancer have HBOC syndrome. HBOC is caused by a genetic mutation. With HBOC, the gene mutation provides less protection with breast and ovarian cancer.

While it is impossible to know for certain if you are going to develop any cancer, there is a genetic test that can help you know if you are at a higher risk for breast or ovarian cancer through the gene mutation. It is called the BRCAdvantage test.

 The test is only for certain people, and you must discuss both the pros and cons with Dr. Hinson in order to decide if it is right for you. There are many factors that might make you decide the test is ideal for your situation such as:

  • Having a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • You have already experienced one of these cancers before the age of 50
  • Have had a blood relative with the genetic mutation

The BRCAdvantage test looks for mutations in two different genes: the BRCA1 and the BRCA2. If a mutation is found, you will discuss further cancer prevention methods with Dr. Joanne Hinson. The BRCAdvantage test is designed to help you and your loved ones make the most educated opinion possible in regards to your health and guarding against cancer.

While finding the gene does not promise that you will have cancer, it is equally important to note that the lack of the mutated gene doe not promise that you won’t. Cancer prevention is important in all stages of life, regardless of family and personal history. Contact Dr. Joanne Hinson's office today to schedule an appointment.

Why Choose Dr. Hinson

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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.

Continuously updating skills with emphasis on minimally invasive and in-office procedures.

More About Dr. Hinson

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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