Is genetic testing always required?

For most women, a family history of breast cancer is not necessarily an appropriate reason to undergo genetic testing.1,2

Although associated with a very high breast cancer risk, inherited mutations in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 are relatively rare in the general population (one in 1000)1,3-5 and account for only about 5% of all breast cancer cases.1,3

Risk prediction tools and resources are available to provide information and guidance to patients concerned about their individual familial cancer risk.