About our Family History & Genetic Testing Services:
Genetic testing has become increasingly popular over the years through the likes of at home ancestry tests that are for entertainment purposes. A few companies also claim to offer a medical analysis of genetics but only a few reputable companies actually have the science and studies to support their testing.
Differing from the 23&Me and ancestry DNA kits, genetic testing for patients is done reviewing a panel of known genes that are related to cancer diagnosis. The most commonly known genetic mutations linked to an increased risk of breast cancer are the BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) but they are not the only ones.
Even if you are negative for a known mutation, you should be followed if you have certain risk factors including a family history of breast cancer. The American Cancer Society lists risk factors to consider as well as recommended screening protocols which we follow here at The Breast Place.
Contact us for a consultation if you are concerned about your risk or interested in genetic testing.