Should I get tested?

Knowing your BRCA status can affect your treatment pathway and provide a significant opportunity for preventing future cases of cancer, for both you and your family members. Options including risk-reducing surgery and increased surveillance.

Here are some points to consider:

  • Such options could reduce the number of cases of ovarian cancer by around 17% – a potential 1,000 cases per year.
  • BRCA1/2 gene mutations are genetic, so if you are a carrier then there is a chance that other members of your family are too.
  • If you test positive for a BRCA1/2 gene mutation you can tell other members of your family that they may be at risk, giving them the option to get tested themselves if they wish.
  • Those with a BRCA1/2 gene mutation have a 50% chance of passing the mutation on to their children.

Everyone has the right to choose whether or not to be tested and it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. If you are thought to be at risk, genetic counselling can be provided to help you make this decision.