Healing Consciousness Foundation



Carrying one of these known mutations significantly increases your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, therefore identifying if you are at risk is key to reducing your risk. There are several RED FLAGS that should alert you to obtain counseling to determine if you or your family may be an increased risk:

  • Breast cancer diagnosed before the age of 50
  • Family history of multiple cases of early-onset breast cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman
  • Bilateral breast cancer or 2 primary tumors in same breast
  • Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
  • Family history of male breast cancer at any age
  • ER-, PR-, Her 2 neu- breast cancer in a woman under the age of 60
  • Personal history of pancreatic cancer at any age, with 2 close relatives with breast, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer at any age

Learn more about the BRCA gene at the National Cancer Insititute (NCI) Factsheet  Read the “Living in my Genes” blog entry  by Dr. DuPree. Even women who carry the gene or have a family history can decrease their risk with lifestyle modification. Learn more about  genetic testing and support at FORCE – Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered.