Women’s Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology Now Offers Myriad BRACAnalysis Testing to Detect BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations Responsible for Breast and Ovarian Cancer

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Recently, Angelina Jolie made headlines with news that she had a double mastectomy as a result of testing positive for the BRCA gene mutation, a gene that has been linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Women’s Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology now offers Myriad BRACAnalysis which tests for the BRCA1 & BRCA2 gene mutations.

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I highly recommend this testing for patients who have had a mother or sister diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. Knowing the results helps the patient make health care decisions before any cancer has had a chance to develop

The star-power of Angelina Jolie is now shedding new light on BRCA gene mutations which have found to be responsible for breast and ovarian cancers. Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have risks of up to 87% for developing breast cancer and up to 44% for developing ovarian cancer by age 70. Ms. Jolie felt the need to be tested for this gene mutation due to her mother dying of ovarian cancer. After she tested positive, Jolie decided to take aggressive action and opted for a double mastectomy and it has been reported that she is considering having her ovaries removed as well in effort to avoid these commonly fatal diseases that affect women.

Women’s Excellence in Obstetrics and Gynecology now offers their patients the Myriad BRACAnalysis testing which specifically tests for these gene mutations in women. The BRACAnalysis is as easy as a simple blood test or oral rinse sample. According to Dr. Jonathan Zaidan, MD, FACOG, “I highly recommend this testing for patients who have had a mother or sister diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. Knowing the results helps the patient make health care decisions before any cancer has had a chance to develop”.

Although BRCA testing is available to the public, most insurance companies are not covering the service - yet. Shannon Hill, MSN, CNP, nurse practitioner at Women’s Excellence performs BRCA risk assessment prior to the actual testing. “The risk assessment helps patients decide whether or not they really need the testing done”, Hill stated. Once the results of the testing are known appropriate counseling and treatments can be initiated. “The earlier cancer can be detected and treated the better the outcomes. BRCA testing now offers prevention from these diseases”, Hill concluded.

Founded by Dr. Jonathan Zaidan, Women’s Excellence is the most comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic office in Michigan also specializing in menopause, weight control, bladder control, endometriosis, robotic surgery, pelvic floor physical therapy, and midwifery services. The knowledgeable, well-trained, compassionate physicians and healthcare providers of Women’s Excellence in OB/GYN are now accepting new patients. Call for an appointment today (248) 693-0543 for Lake Orion or (248) 384-8020 for Clarkston or visit http://www.centerofobgyn.com.

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