BRCA: What You Need to Know
A BRCA mutation is a mutation in either of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which are tumor suppressor genes. Hundreds of different types of mutations in these genes have been identified, some of which have been determined to be harmful, while others have no proven impact. A genetic counselor will give an overview on BRCA and then a previvor or survivor will speak.
Pamela Munster, M.D., who co-founded the UCSF Center for BRCA Research, will discuss the current state of research and respond to questions. Those with at least one Jewish grandparent can get a free testing kit (that requires only a saliva sample) and genetic counseling*. Please note that it is worthwhile for men to be tested, as those with the gene also have elevated cancer risks and can potentially pass the gene on to their children.
Please sign up to participate using the online form.
*In order to receive the free kit and counseling, potential participants must agree to be part of a UCSF study.