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Who Should Consider Testing?

Learn about genes and cancer, signs of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, types of genetic tests and what results mean for you and your family.

Genetic testing for men with breast cancer

All men with breast cancer meet national guidelines for genetic counseling and/or testing, regardless of your age at diagnosis. If you are a man who has been diagnosed with breast cancer, a genetics expert can determine whether your cancer is due to an inherited mutation. 

Male breast cancer survivors who had a negative genetic test before 2014 should speak with a genetic counselor to see if additional testing is right for them. Genetic testing has improved since then and new tests can find mutations that were previously missed by older tests. 

Benefits of genetic testing for men with breast cancer

Genetic test results may provide you and your family with additional health information and help you make medical decisions. Test results may:

Gene mutations linked to hereditary male breast cancer

The following gene mutations have been linked with an increased risk for male breast cancer. Each gene has slightly different cancer risks and recommendations. You should speak with a genetics expert before and after genetic testing to understand which test to order and what your results mean for you and your family. 

BRCA1
BRCA2
PALB2
CHEK2

Additional support and resources

If you are a male breast cancer survivor making decisions about genetic testing, you may want additional guidance or support. FORCE's Peer Navigation Program provides expert reviewed resources and 1:1 personalized peer support by specially trained volunteers who have experienced the very challenges you face. 

Updated 08/11/17

 

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