There is a gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer that is hereditary. What gene is that?

BRCA mutation. The gene is called brca, and mutations in this gene are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Check out this link for more info: www.Cancer.Gov/cancertopics/.../brca.
BRCA1, BRCA2, others. There are a few genes which when changed increase the risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. These genes are present in all persons (male and female) and in the normal state work to prevent cancer. When these genes are changed, risk for cancer increases. Genes that when changed can increase the risk for breast and ovarian cancer include: BRCA1, BRCA2, and other more rare genes such as TP53.

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What is the gene you can have that makes you more likely to get breast and ovarian cancer?

Among many: BRCA1/2. There are a number of genes associated with increased risk of developing breast cancer. BRCA1 & 2 are the most known and studied but other genes are: TP53, PTEN, PALB2, CHEK2 ... (see list at http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/type/breast-cancer/about/risks/breast-cancer-genes) NCI has good info on BRCA1/2 at http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA as a starting point. Read more...

What's my likelihood of having the mutated genes if three people in my family have have breast and ovarian cancer? They were my nan and her sisters

High risk. You are definitely at risk and should seek genetic counseling. You should also let us know if you have any older sisters as your siblings. Read more...
Suspicious. It is difficult to tell you odds without having more details regarding your family history but I have to say it is quite suspicious. You can see a specialist in risk assessment and genetics but ideally the test should be done first in affected individuals, preferably the one with ovarian cancer or the youngest to get breast cancer (assuming they are alive). Best to you. Read more...

My mother was diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer when she was 34. I'm just 17 but when should I start worrying about getting this?

Now! This history is very concerning for a mutation in a brca gene. You should see a genetic counselor to discuss possible testing for a brca1 or 2 mutation. If this is positive, you may want to consider having your ovaries removed at some point, and your breasts as well. Ask your doctor to refer you for genetic counseling so you can plan how to reduce your risk of breast and ovarian cancer! Read more...

Ways to reduce my risk of developing breast cancer? (family history of breast/ovarian cancer)

Genetic testing. Probably the best way is for someone in your family get the brac/brca test to see if your family carriers the gene for breast and ovarian cancer. A low fat diet and not smoking are important for non genetic breast cancer. Regular self exams are important too. Read more...

Why wouldnt I pay a few thousand usd to see if I carry the breast or ovarian cancer gene?

Family history. I have to assume you are talking about brac1 and 2 testing. Without a family history of breast or ovarian cancer your chance of having a mutation would be pretty low. With a family history, most insurance would cover at least part of the cost of the testing. Myriad, the lab which does the testing, would do an analysis for you to determine your out of pocket costs prior to running the test. Read more...
Then what. You need to ask yourself, "what will I do with the answer?" if you have the cancer genes, will you have the at risk organs removed? The so called cancer genes affect some organs more but other organs may be affected as well, so where will you draw the line? Read more...