Psychological implications of testing positive for the BRCA gene

Timothy Pearman*

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women with approximately 230,000 cases diagnosed annually [1]. Women in the United States have a 1 in 8 chance of developing the disease. While most cases of breast cancer do not have a strong familial component, it is estimated that approximately 5-10 % of cases of breast cancer are due to a known genetic factor [2]. In women with a known BRCA 1 or 2 mutation, 40-66 % will eventually develop breast cancer (compared to 10-12 % in the general population) [3]. In response, The American College of Medical Genetics published guidelines for genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer in 1999.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManagement of the Patient at High Risk for Breast Cancer
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781461458913
ISBN (Print)1461458900, 9781461458906
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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