What is the early detection for women with BRCA mutations?
Women with BRCA gene mutations should have annual breast MRI from age 30 and annual mammograms from age 40. It is also important for all women to be ‘breast aware’ which means becoming familiar with how your breasts look and feel and noticing any changes unusual for you. Many women have lumpy breasts, which naturally change depending upon the time in your menstrual cycle and therefore it is best to check yourself at the same time each month (mid-cycle). If you notice a change in your breasts it is important to seek medical advice. Ovarian screening has not been shown to be beneficial and therefore some women may consider risk- reducing surgery.