Risk Management & Treatment

Genes with inherited mutations linked to breast cancer

Multi-gene panel tests look for inherited mutations in many genes at the same time. These tests may include new or less common genes. Some panels may include additional genes other than those listed below. A genetics expert can make sure that the most appropriate test is ordered based on your personal situation and family medical history. They will also make sure that your test results are interpreted correctly.

Genes linked to breast cancer in women

Mutations in the following  have been linked to increased risk for breast cancer in women.

  • BARD1 (especially triple-negative breast cancer)
  • BRCA1 (frequently linked to triple-negative breast cancer)
  • RAD51C (especially triple-negative breast cancer)
  • RAD51D (especially triple-negative breast cancer)
  • CDH1 (frequently linked to lobular breast cancer)
  • NF1 (only in people with neurofibromatosis)


Mutations in the following genes may also be linked to increased breast cancer risk. More research is needed to confirm a link to breast cancer and develop risk-management guidelines. 

  • BRIP1 (especially triple-negative breast cancer)
  • NBN (only in people with a 657del5 mutation)

Genes linked to breast cancer in men

Mutations in the following genes have been linked to breast cancer risk in men.


The following clinical trials are open to people diagnosed with breast cancer with an inherited mutation. 

Advanced solid tumors of any type, including breast cancer

Breast cancer

Last updated August 31, 2021