What is brac analysis for breast cancer?

Genetic blood test. As many as 10-15% of breast cancers in the US are believed to be hereditary. These are linked to mutations of a particular group of genes called the BRCA genes. There is a simple blood test to check to see if someone has a BRCA mutation. I advise my interested patients to see a genetic counselor to fully understand the ramifications of this test before having it done.
See other answer. Actually, the genetic sample can now be obtained through a mouth rinse without the need to draw blood. Yes, one should understand the repercussions of positive and negative results and know what they might choose to do in either case before testing is sent. Also, ideally, testing should start with an affected individual first (if one is willing and available).
Genetic Testing. Brca testing screens women who are at high risk for hereditary breast cancer. Having mutations in these genes increases your risk of breast cancer dramatically. Patients that are positive for the mutation are advised to undergo prophylactic mastectomies and to have both of their ovaries removed after their families are complete.

Related Questions

My mother had 5 years ago of breast cancer, but now good health, but this time the doctor found that the analysis of (cea) has increased by 13.6 why?

That's a problem. That is why markers are not the greatest. Now she is going to need to get scans. Cea is better for colon cancer but can be elevated in other cancers. However, tumor markers should not be used in early stage breast cancer. Read more...
The CEA should not. Have been ordered unless it was measured at the outset and was high at diagnosis. This exemplifies the use of an unproven test that will lead to expensive probing that may or may not find something work knowing, meaning needing treatment that results in benefit. Read more...
Can't say. I wonder why it was ordered to begin with. Was it routine or was she having some symptoms? The problem with markers is that once found high (and confirmed high), we are almost obligated to work it up with additional tests. Best wishes to both, hope it is nothing serious. Read more...

Mother had tubular-lobular breast cancer and they also found a small area of dcis during mastectomy pathological analysis. Is this common?

Yes. Complete pathology review following mastectomy surgery can often identify other small microscopic lesions. Dcis is a non-invasive early brsst cancer & would not affect the prognosis nor likely change her treatment plans. This is also an example of why additional treatment with hormone & radiation therapy is given if a person had only had a lumpectomy surgery. Read more...

Is there anyone offering to give free breast cancer exams as a regular program, anywhere in the u.S.?

Yes. There are some federally supported programs sponsored in different states. Here in nevada there is a free annual screening program for uninsured women over age 40 to have free breast and cervical cancer screening. But it does not include treatment if a condition is identified. Read more...
Am Cancer Society. Contact your local american cancer society office. They ususally support free screening mammograms at health fares, and other opportunities. Additionally, your local health department may advise you on free screening locations. Read more...

B feeding for 16 months and am down to 1xday. Been having weird sensation on rt breast lately now worried about breast cancer. Age 44, clear u/s?

Keep checking. The patient may sense, or feel something before we do! if ultrasound negative that is a good sign for no cysts or large mass. Some congestion and pressure can occur with weaning. Talk to your OB or lactation person. Read more...
Need for examination. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. Read more...

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates. The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer. Read more...