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The majority of BRCA mutations in Jewish people occur in one of three sites along the genes. Some companies and organizations offer testing specifically for these three common mutations, which is can be less expensive than full BRCA testing or panel testing. However, it is possible to have Jewish ancestry and a mutation at a different site in BRCA1 or BRCA2 or even a mutation in a different gene associated with hereditary cancer.
It is important to consult with a genetics expert before and after undergoing genetic testing. These experts will make sure that the proper test is ordered and that it is interpreted correctly. They will provide the latest information on genetics and risk and explain all your options.
View our section on genetic counseling to learn more and to find an expert in your area.