Angelina Jolie sparked a public discussion about genetic testing when she revealed her decision to undergo preventive surgeries after testing positive for the BRCA1 gene. Genetic testing can reveal your risk of diseases like breast cancer and other conditions. Genes determine what we inherit from our parents, from eye color and blood type to certain diseases. You’ve probably seen or heard the BRCA gene test in the news recently. And you may be wondering if you should have the test. People with BRCA gene changes are at high risk for getting breast or ovarian cancer. Knowing you are at high risk may involve making some hard decisions about options to reduce your risk. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of a BRCA gene test, and your preferences and concerns.
To help prepare for that conversation, here’s an easy-to-use tool to help you weigh your options and determine what matters most to you. Take our interactive quiz.