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In an effort to provide more accessible breast cancer genetic screening options, BCRF investigators have launched an innovative new study that will offer free genetic testing aimed at finding specific ancestral-related (“founder”) mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

Following the recent publication of a series of papers in Nature and Nature Genetics led by BCRF investigator Dr.

Mutations, or alterations, in the “cancer-fighting” genes BRCA1 or BRCA2, can dramatically increase person’s risk of breast cancer. Women with a mutation in BRCA1/2 have a 6-7 times greater risk of developing breast cancer and men with the mutation have an over 80 times greater risk.