Cancer Care

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cancer care for women.

How do women know if they are a carrier of the BRCA gene?

Dr. Thomas Heck discusses how women can determine if they are BRCA gene carriers. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are a few different types of genetic tests available to determine if women are carriers for the either BRCA gene mutations. DNA – typically from a blood or saliva sample – is taken and tested, according to the National Cancer InstituteOff Site Icon (NCI).

For more information about the BRCA genes, talk with your doctor.

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Source content: Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Thomas Heck, MD, FACS, Gem City Surgical Associates; Todd Hicks, MD, FACS, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Christopher Lutman, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology; Michael Guy, MD, Premier Gynecologic Oncology