The Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. Devoted to advancing care for people affected by BRCA gene mutations, the Basser Center’s unique model provides funding for collaborative research, education, and outreach programs around the world.
- Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, and anyone can have a BRCA gene mutation, also known as a pathogenic variant.
- 1 in 200 people across all racial and ethnic groups carry a BRCA genetic mutation.
- 1 in 40 people of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry carry a BRCA gene mutation.
- BRCA gene mutations are associated with an increased risk for certain cancers such as breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic.
- Both men and women can have a BRCA mutation and can pass it on to their children.
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