The Breast Cancer Genetic Mutations, known as BRCA-1 and BRCA-2, leave women with a higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers. If a woman removes her ovaries, she lowers her risk of developing breast cancer by up to 60% and removes her risk for developing ovarian cancer. However, removing the ovaries leaves a woman in menopause and unable to bear biological children. Standard care recommends women remove their ovaries in a procedure called an oopherectomy by the age of 40 or younger depending on her particular family history.
Some women are diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer first and then learn of their BRCA status. Other women learn they are BRCA+ prior to receiving a cancer diagnosis. Certain types of Fertility Preservation are options for women diagnosed with a BRCA mutation and they include:
Fertile Action negotiates reduced fertility preservation fees for women who are BRCA+ even if they have not been diagnosed with cancer. Apply Now for our Financial Aid programs.