Health officials at Mission Hope Cancer Center in Santa Maria said about 7-percent of all breast cancer cases are due to a mutation in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes. If you do have the mutation, it increases your chances of getting breast or ovarian cancer. So finding out, could be a matter of life or death.
Everyone is born with BRCA Genes and when they are healthy they protect us from getting cancer. But mutations in the BRCA genes, passed to us by our parents, can increase a person's risk for breast or ovarian cancer anywhere from 50 to 85-percent.