Hereditary Cancer and Genetic Testing

Cancer risk associated with an inherited mutation

If you have tested positive for a  mutation, we recommend that you consult with a genetics expert who can assess your personal and family history of cancer, and help you determine the best risk management plan.

Increased lifetime cancer risks associated with a  mutation:

  • Women who have a mutation in are at increased risk for breast cancer. The estimated lifetime risk is between 40 - 60 percent.
  • Women with a mutation have an increased risk for ovarian cancer. The estimated lifetime risk is between 3 - 5 percent.  
  • Men and women with a mutation are at increased risk for pancreatic cancer. The estimated lifetime risk is about 5 - 10 percent. 
  • There is unknown or insufficient evidence of risk for other cancers in people with a mutation. 

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FORCE offers many peer support programs for people with inherited mutations. 

updated: 03/12/2022

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NCT02665195: Registry Of MultiPlex Testing (PROMPT). PROMPT is an online research registry. The goal of PROMPT is to help researchers to better understand the risks that are linked to mutations in less well-studied genes. People with inherited mutations can enroll in PROMPT to help researchers learn more about cancer risks. 

updated: 02/05/2022

Last updated March 15, 2022