Read about different genes that are linked to hereditary cancer, their associated risks and guidelines for screening, preventing and treating cancers in people with inherited mutations in these genes.
General information for people with inherited mutations
Both men and women can carry a mutation in the gene.
Women who inherit a mutation have an increased risk of ovarian cancer. Research on whether an inherited mutation increases the risk for other cancers in both men and women is ongoing. See our Cancer Risk section for more information.
There are guidelines for screening and prevention for certain cancers in people with a mutation. Clinical trials may also be available for people who test positive for a mutation. See our Risk Management section for more information about screening and prevention options in people with this mutation.
People with a mutation who have been diagnosed with cancer may qualify for specific treatments or clinical trials. Visit our Cancer Treatment section for more information about treatment clinical trials for people with a mutation.
Inheriting two mutations in —one from each parent—causes a rare disease known as Fanconi anemia. See our Other Considerations section for more information about this disease.
The name stands for " Interacting Protein 1." This gene is located on chromosome 17. works with to repair damage. Although the two genes work together, the effects of a mutation are different; people with a mutation do not have the same cancer risk as people with a mutation.
FORCE offers many peer support programs for people with inherited mutations.
- Our Message Boards allow people to connect with others who share their situation. Once you register, you can post on the Diagnosed With Cancer board to connect with other people who have been diagnosed.
- Our Peer Navigation Program will match you with a volunteer who shares your mutation and situation.
- Our moderated, private Facebook group allows you to connect with other community members 24/7.
- Check out our virtual and in-person support meeting calendar.
- Join one of our Zoom community group meeting:
- Meetings in American Sign Language
- Meetings in Spanish
- People of Color
- Young Previvors
- Young Survivors