23andMe Blog Gives Information on BRCA1 and BRCA2 Gene and Lack of Family History of Cancer #DNA

Jan Meisels Allen



23andMe has a blog and its current issue for breast cancer awareness month has an article which states more than half of individuals with a cancer-related variant in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene lack a family history of cancer. That means they would not would qualify them for clinical genetic testing.  Many people don’t learn of their BRCA risk variant status until after they’ve been tested.   Their blog also comments on the US Preventive Services task Force highlighting Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry as a factor for consideration in testing decisions. That means the people need to know their ancestry.


I recognize 23andMe is trying to promote its BRCA1& BRCA2 Genetic Health Risks reports and testing with them, but I thought the information in the report would be of interest.


Their Do You Speak BRCA post may be found at: https://www.23andme.com/brca/


To read their blog post see:



I have no affiliation with 23andMe and am posting this solely for the information of the reader.


Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee


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