About Genetic Testing
The BRCA gene test is a type of blood screening that utilizes DNA analysis to identify any abnormal changes within the genes (BRCA 1 and 2) that are vulnerable to breast cancer. This is a preventive measure that helps determine the likelihood of developing cancer for those who have an inherited mutation or family history of malignancy in the breast and ovaries. Women who have the BRCA 1 and 2 genes are more susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer compared to others without these genes. Women's Health at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, and Silt, CO offers BRCA gene testing and has been helping women in the Roaring Fork Valley area for many years.
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Who should get tested?
BRCA testing is not right for everyone as having this type of gene mutation is very rare. Having a BRCA mutation can significantly increase one's risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. You might want to consider gene testing if you:
- Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
- Have a personal history of these cancers
- Have a male family member with breast cancer
- Have a relative with a known BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 mutation
- Have an Eastern European or Jewish ancestry
Benefits and Risks
There are no medical risks involved with getting tested aside from a possible minor reaction to having a blood test, such as bruising or lightheadedness. The benefits include knowing if you have a genetic mutation or not, gaining knowledge about your health, relieving the anxiety of the unknown, and getting the treatment you need earlier rather than later when cancer is more difficult to treat.
What to Expect
At Women's Health at Valley View, we perform BRCA gene testing via blood analysis. After you have spoken with your healthcare professional or genetic counselor about getting the BRCA exam, we will schedule an appointment. On the day of your test, you will visit our practice to have your blood drawn. From there, we will send your blood sample to the lab for DNA analysis and call you when we receive the results. If you test positive for a BRCA mutation, we will carefully guide you through the next steps and how to move forward with treatment, if necessary.
Know Your Health
Knowledge is power and gaining the insight you need about your health can help prevent life-threatening ailments, such as breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Call any of our Women's Health locations in Glenwood Springs, Basalt, or Silt, CO to schedule a consultation. Our caregivers are here to help empower you and educate you on your health so you can live a long and vibrant life.