What is BRCA scan?

The Genesis Preventable Cancer Scan looks at two important genes — BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes help protect our bodies from developing certain cancers. A positive result will give you knowledge about your cancer risks as well as what can be done by you to lower them.

Role of family history

We all know of families where several people on the same side of the family have developed cancer. This is because 5-10% of cancers are inherited and can be tracked through several generations. In certain cases, this is caused by a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Signs of having a family history may be of having relatives that develop cancer at a young age like, breast cancer under the age of 50. Or a family may have unusual cancer diagnoses, like ovarian cancer in a young woman or breast cancer in a man. Sometimes one family member develops several cancers over their lifetime, such as breast and pancreatic cancer, or one person might have two different breast cancers. All of these can be signs of a hereditary form of cancer, possibly caused by a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.

Everyone is born with BRCA genes

The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes work to prevent tumors and are inherited from parent to child. A significant change or “mutation,” in either of these genes can interfere with their innate ability to prevent cancer. As a result, people who test positive are more likely to develop cancers of the breast, ovary, pancreas or prostate. Knowing this information allows you to take action in order to minimize your cancer risks.
How it works
REQUEST
Get started online and submit inquiry form.
REGISTER
We will contact your physician who will receive a Genesis kit.
SUBMIT
Use the kit to submit a saliva specimen with your physician who will send it to Genesis.
RESULTS
Within two weeks, you will get a mail that your results are available with your physician.