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.

Progress report

Read the 2019 Basser Progress Report and learn about all the ways Basser is working to increase awareness and propel scientific discovery in the prevention, early detection, and treatment of BRCA-related cancers. 

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

To learn more about ovarian cancer risk, symptoms, and treatment options explore our resources on genetic counseling and testing, managing cancer risk, and treating BRCA-related cancers like ovarian cancer. Watch a webinar on hereditary ovarian cancer with the Basser Center’s Director of Gynecological Cancer Research, Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD. Read on the Basser blog about surgical menopause considerations and a personal story about managing ovarian cancer risk.

For more resources, visit OncoLink, Penn Ovarian Cancer Research Center, and our list of other ovarian cancer resources.

Register now for our upcoming discussion on Tuesday, September 22, Talking With Your Family About BRCA Mutations, with Susan Domchek, MD, and Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW, on how to discuss BRCA mutations and hereditary cancer risk with your family members.


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

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.

Upcoming events:

  • On Tuesday, September 22, join us for Talking With Your Family About BRCA Mutations, an upcoming discussion with Susan Domchek, MD, and Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, LCSW, on how to discuss BRCA mutations and hereditary cancer risk with your family members. Register now.

Learn more about our upcoming events or explore our past events.

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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Basser Videos

View our archived collection of event videos, webinars, interviews, frequently asked questions, and more.

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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