January 2020 Research publication: BRCA testing in unaffected young women in the United States, 2006-2017

Jan 15, 2020, 00:00 AM by Cancer



The discovery of the BRCA gene in the 1990s created an opportunity for individualized cancer prevention. BRCA testing in young women before cancer onset enables early detection of those with an increased cancer risk and creates an opportunity to offer lifesaving prophylactic procedures and medications. This study assessed trends in BRCA testing in women younger than 40 years without diagnosed breast or ovarian cancer (unaffected young women [UYW]) for cancer prevention between 2006 and 2017 in the United States.


Guo F, Scholl M, Fuchs EL, Berenson AB, Kuo YF. BRCA testing in unaffected young women in the United States, 2006-2017. Cancer. 2020 Jan 15;126(2):337-343. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32536. Epub 2019 Sep 30. PMID: 31568561; PMCID: PMC6952576.

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