Know your breast cancer risk:
Screen for the gene
One of the best ways to know your breast cancer risk is by screening for the breast cancer gene mutation. The most common gene mutations are BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. You may have inherited the mutation from one or both of your parents. Knowing sooner if you have this change in your DNA will empower you with more risk-reducing options.
Who should be screened for the gene mutation?
Women and men can carry the breast cancer gene. Our Quest Vantage™ tests screen for abnormalities such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These tests are available for adults of all ages, but it’s best to talk with your doctor or genetic counselor to decide if genetic testing is right for you.
What does genetic screening involve?
Testing is a courageous choice that puts more power into your hands. Screening requires a simple blood draw. Talk to your doctor about Quest Vantage testing. After you have a lab order from your doctor, make an online appointment at your nearest Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center.
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What does a positive result mean?
The presence of the breast cancer gene mutation means your chances of developing breast cancer are higher. For women, the BRCA gene mutation also indicates a higher risk of developing other types of cancer.
The BRCA gene mutation does not mean you have cancer—but early detection does give you and your doctor more options to potentially prevent breast cancer altogether. That’s why it’s important to screen: Knowing sooner is your advantage.
What else helps reduce my breast cancer risk?
With or without the BRCA gene, you should still consider risk-reducing lifestyle choices. These steps can also improve your chances of remission if you do develop cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it helps if you:
Maintain a healthy weight
Exercise at least four hours a week
Get enough sleep each night
Limit or avoid alcoholic drinks
Avoid exposure to cancer-causing chemicals
Talk with your doctor about medication risks
Understand your family history