BRCA terminology

BRCA1:

 Breast cancer 1, early onset, is a human tumor suppressor gene which produces a protein called the breast cancer type 1 susceptibility protein.

BRCA2:

Breast cancer 2, early onset, is a human tumor suppressor gene which produces a protein called the breast cancer type 2 susceptibility protein.

Previvor:

A cancer previvor is a person who is not diagnosed with cancer but has survived the predisposition, or higher risk, of cancer due to a certain genetic mutation. As such, this is the first generation in human history who, armed with information about a predisposition to a cancer after opting in to DNA testing, can make informed choices prior to cancer diagnosis.

Mastectomy:

The medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts, partially or completely.

Prophylactic Mastectomy:

Prophylactic mastectomy is surgery to remove one or both breasts to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.

PBM:

Acronym from “Prophylactic Bilateral Mastectomy”

Oophorectomy:

The surgical removal of your ovaries.

Full Hysterectomy:

The surgical removal of your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus.

Foobs”:

Fake breasts

Inconclusive test result:

Also known as an “indeterminant” or “a mutation of unknown significance.” This means that a mutation was found on either the BRCA1 or the BRCA2 but at this time, the laboratory doing testing and scientific knowledge to date, can not determine whether or not that mutation is cancer causing.

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