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Understanding Choices, Making Decisions about BRCA

Finding you have a BRCA mutation or inherited risk for breast and ovarian cancer can be unsettling and confusing. But you’re not alone. FORCE offers a wealth of information and support. We can point you in the right direction if you’re looking for a genetic counselor, put you in touch with others of similar background and choices, or give you encouragement and a hug (either the cyber or in-person variety) when you need it the most.

Being “at high risk” means you have choices about your risk management options:

  • Chemoprevention (medications to lower your risk for breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer)
  • Surveillance for breast and/or ovarian cancer
  • Prophylactic surgery to reduce the risk of breast cancer and/or ovarian cancer
  • Participation in research studies looking at risk-management options

Making an informed decision about these choices requires understanding of what each involves. The following five steps will help organize your actions to put you on the decision-making path:

  1. Let FORCE help
  2. Consult with a genetic counselor to sort out your risk for breast and ovarian cancer
  3. Involve gynecologic and breast specialists who are knowledgeable about hereditary cancer risk
  4. Weigh the benefits and limitations of each option
  5. Choose the risk management option that is best for you

No matter where you are in the high-risk journey, FORCE is here to help and support you.

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