Everyone has both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. But some people have a mutations in their BRCA genes. These mutations are hereditary and affect both men and women. The mutation forms an increased risk for breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, and melanoma cancers.
In 2012, Mindy and Jon Gray established the Basser Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania. The mission of the Center is to see a world free of the devastating effects of BRCA-related cancers, and it is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers.
The Basser Center has made life-saving progress; one advancement is the hope of blood test to detect pancreatic cancer. Another significant advancement is a clinical trial of a vaccine to stop the BRCA gene mutation that causes these cancers. The Basser Center provides access, education, research, innovation, and most of all, hope.
People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a higher prevalence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations than people in the general U.S. population. Also look into if your family has any breast and ovarian cancer history.