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  About Embracing BRCA  

A platform designed to help you understand more abouut BRCA gene mutations and it's link to heredietary breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancer.

What is a gene?

Genes are sections of our DNA which contain information that make up each of us - our features and traits. This is why each and every one of us is unique just the way we are. Our genes were passed on to us from our parents when we were born. In the same way, we pass them on to our children. 1

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer & BRCA mutation

Did you know breast cancer and ovarian cancer can be inherited?

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Four Myths about BRCA

I already have cancer - Knowing my BRCA status won’t change anything.

Knowing BRCA status even though you have cancer can help you make informed decisions about your treatment options. In some instances, you may be eligible for targeted therapies specific to your type of cancer. It can also help inform your family members of their risk of developing cancer.

I don’t think I have a BRCA mutation since I don’t have a family history of cancer.

Family history doesn’t always predict cancer risk or the chance of carrying a BRCA mutation. In fact, a study conducted in Malaysia called the MaGiC study showed that more than half of ovarian cancer patients with BRCA mutation do not have a family history. The only way to confirm if you have a BRCA mutation is to get tested. 2

I don’t think I have a BRCA mutation since I had cancer at an older age.

Age is not a predictor of whether a person has BRCA mutations for some cancers. In fact, a study conducted in Malaysia called the MaGiC study showed that there’s no correlation between age of diagnosis and the probability of carrying a BRCA mutation for ovarian cancer patients. For some cancers, regardless of the age of diagnosis or family history, it is never too late to get BRCA tested. 2-5

BRCA testing is only for women.

Some cancers like prostate and pancreatic cancer in men can be linked to BRCA mutation. Breast cancer can also develop in men. Men can also pass on BRCA mutation to their children. Therefore, understanding your BRCA genetic status can help inform family members about their risk of developing cancer.5

“Life is your canvas… so paint yourself a whole lot of colorful days!”

–– George Bellows ––


If you are interested to know more about BRCA genetic test, consult a genetic counselor for more information.

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  1. "DNA, Genes And Chromosomes — University Of Leicester". Www2.Le.Ac.Uk, 2020,
  2. Yoon, S.Y.Y. et al. "Mainstreaming Genetic Counselling For Genetic Testing Of BRCA1/2 In Ovarian Cancer Patients In Malaysia (Magic Study)". Annals Of Oncology, vol 30, 2019, p. ix192. Elsevier BV, doi:10.1093/annonc/mdz446.010.
  3. Ledermann J, Raja F, Fotopoulou C, et al. Ann Oncol. 2013;24(6):vi24-vi32.
  4. Referenced with permission from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Genetic/Familial High-Risk Assessment: Breast and Ovarian V.2.2019. © National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Accessed September 6, 2018.
  5. "Five Myths About BRCA Testing | Bebrcaware". Bebrcaware.Com, 2020,
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