Although many women are aware that breast and ovarian cancers can have
hereditary components, the public’s knowledge about BRCA mutations,
testing, and ramifications of carrier status is limited. The goal of
the CDC’s Know:BRCA initiative is to raise awareness of how BRCA
mutations affect risk for breast and ovarian cancer, particularly
among women younger than 40.
The Know:BRCA general website allows users to create secure online
accounts for entering personal and family history, age, and ethnicity.
The assessment calculator then indicates whether or not the woman has
excess risk for carrying a BRCA mutation. Users can print their
results or share them online with their clinicians.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.New tool helps women assess
risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. May 8 2014. (http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USCDC/bulletins/b6954c)