Genetic counseling and testing

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer (in men or women) and/or ovarian cancer that might be caused by a BRCA mutation, and/or if someone else in your family is known to have a BRCA mutation, you might want to consider genetic testing to determine if you have inherited a mutated BRCA gene. If the test detects a mutated BRCA gene, you and your health care team can watch carefully for early signs of cancer. Other cancers (besides breast and ovarian cancer) have been linked to BRCA mutations, including prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and testicular cancer.

Because breast cancer in men can be caused by BRCA mutations, men with breast cancer should also consider genetic testing.

If you are thinking about having genetic testing, it is strongly recommended that you talk first to a professional qualified to explain and interpret these tests, such as a genetic counselor or a nurse or doctor with special training. It is very important to understand what genetic testing can and can’t tell you, and to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of testing before having it done. Test results are not always clear cut, and even if they are, it’s not always clear what should be done about them. There may be other concerns as well, such as what the results might mean for other family members. Testing is also expensive and may not be covered by some health insurance plans.


The Pathology Report (Male Breast Cancer)

Treatment & Stages of male breast cancer

Coping and support for male breast cancer


Related Topics

Benign breast conditions

General breast cancer terms

Types of breast cancer in men








Oncologists, Breast Surgeons are the specialists who deal with the breast cancer