What does a BRCA gene mutation mean for men?

What does a BRCA gene mutation mean for men?

If you’re a woman, you’re likely familiar with the BRCA gene mutation and its relationship to breast cancer. But what about BRCA and men?

It’s not as common, but men can get breast cancer too … and men can be carriers of the BRCA gene. Here’s why it’s important for men to know if they’re BRCA carriers:

  • They can pass it to children without knowing it;
  • It increases chances of developing pancreatic cancer, melanoma and a more aggressive prostate cancer; and
  • It may mean men should be screened for other cancers at an earlier age.

Read more from Cancer Treatment Centers of America about why it’s important for men to learn about the BRCA genetic factor.