In an effort to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, Congress has designated the last week of September as National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week (September 30 – October 4, 2013) and the Wednesday of that week as National Previvor Day (October 2, 2013).
THE BRAC CHALLENGE
During this week, challenge yourself to identify appropriate patients to be tested for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome.
This is a great time to JUST ASK! if there is a PERSONAL OR FAMILY HISTORY of BREAST OR OVARIAN CANCER to identify those who may be at risk.
RED FLAGS: IDENTIFYING THOSE WHO MAY BE AT RISK
Please use the following questions to help identify those who may be at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome:*
- Have you or a family member been diagnosed with ovarian cancer at any age?
- Have you or a family member been diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50?
- Are there two breast cancers in the same person or on the same side of the family at any age?
- Have any men in your family had breast cancer?
- Have you or a family member been diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at any age?
- Are you of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and have you or a family member been diagnosed with an HBOC-associated cancer? (HBOC-associated cancers include breast (including DCIS), ovarian and pancreatic, and aggressive prostate cancer (Gleason score of >7)
- Have you or a family member been diagnosed with three HBOC-associated cancers at any age? (In the same individual or on the same side of the family)
- Do you have a previously identified BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in your family?
For more information on HBOC and the risks associated, please click HERE.
* Assessment criteria based on medical society guidelines. For these guidelines please click HERE.