Is BRACAnalysis® appropriate for men as well?
If a man has a personal history of breast cancer or a significant family history of breast or ovarian cancer, he may have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. Also, if a family member has a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, he may also have inherited that mutation. Men in these circumstances should consider testing. Although male breast cancer is rare, men who carry BRCA mutations are more likely to develop breast cancer, as well as prostate cancer. Men with a BRCA mutation also have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to their children, whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with cancer.