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Like women, men can inherit mutations in BRCA and other genes that increase cancer risk. Men who inherit a BRCA mutation have an increased lifetime risk for certain cancers which is higher than the average man, but not as high as women with mutations. The exact cancers and extent of cancer risk depends on the gene mutation.
Men with inhertied mutations in BRCA or other genes can pass their mutation on to sons or daughters. Each child has a 50% chance of inheriting their father's mutation.
Men who are concerned that the cancer in their family may be hereditary should consult with a genetics expert. Visit our page on finding a genetics expert to locate a specialist near you.