The Basser Center for BRCA is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. These hereditary mutations affect both men and women and can be passed down from either parent. BRCA mutations can increase lifetime risk for cancers including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma. The Basser Center can help you learn more about hereditary cancer risk. Make an appointment with us or locate a genetic counselor in your area.

Mathew Knowles Reveals He Is Battling Breast Cancer: ‘We Need Men to Speak Out’

Matthew Knowles, the father of Beyoncé, announced on Good Morning America that he is battling BRCA-positive breast cancer. Susan Domchek, MD, Executive Director of the Basser Center, is part of Knowles’ treatment team, and talked about what people need to know about BRCA and genetic testing. Read more in Good Morning AmericaPhiladelphia InquirerPhiladelphia MagazineChicago Tribune, and Ebony.

Broadening Criteria for BRCA1/2 Evaluation Placing the USPSTF Recommendation in Context

For the Journal of the American Medical Association, Basser executive director Susan Domchek, MD, discusses limitations around the new United States Preventive Services Task Force guidelines for BRCA genetic testing. Read more.


A recent LA Times piece on women's health advocate Alejandra Campoverdi and her BRCA-related preventative surgery announces the LATINX & BRCA initiative. Founded in partnership between the Basser Center and Alejandra Campoverdi, LATINX & BRCA is the first comprehensive initiative to raise awareness, provide education and resources, and build community for the U.S. Latinx community around BRCA-related cancers. Learn more at and view our Spanish-language content.

What’s My Cancer Risk?

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Genetic counseling

Learn about cancer risk evaluation, hereditary links between cancers, BRCA-related cancer risks and inheritance, and the genetic counseling process.

Managing and reducing your cancer risk

Find information on BRCA risk management and screening. Learn about surgical and medical options for decreasing risk and the reproductive effects seen in BRCA mutation carriers.


Find commonly asked questions about the cost and coverage of genetic testing and cancer screenings, as well as the impact of genetic test results on health and life insurance.

Support and resources

Get your questions answered and find resources to help cope with news of a BRCA mutation or cancer, as well as tips on communicating with family members about risks, care and support.












Attend an Event

Basser Center founders and donors at the inaugural Jean Bash charity event

The Basser Center for BRCA hosts numerous events throughout the year, including signature events and programs like our Breakthroughs and Discoveries panel in May, regular webinars led by researchers, and even fundraising events like the Basser Jean Bash.

Register for The BRCA Gene: Let's Talk About It, a panel on Monday, October 28, 2019, at the UJA-Federation of New York, NY. 

Register for BRCA Mutations and Ovarian Cancer: What You Need to Know, a webinar with Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. 

Buy tickets for the Basser Jean Bash on Monday, November 18, 2019, in New York, NY.

Creating Better Choices
for Future Generations

Our team science approach seeks a cure by advancing the care for BRCA-related cancers.

Learn more about the groundbreaking studies funded by the Basser Center.

The Basser Center for BRCA provides grant funding to investigators around the world working on innovative projects related to BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Basser Global Prize

The Basser Global Prize provides $100,000 in unrestricted support of the awardee's innovative BRCA1/2 related research efforts.

Managing your cancer risk
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Ways to Give

Philanthropy helps to provide essential resources supporting the Center’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about our latest events raising awareness of BRCA-related cancers and revisit some of our past programs.

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