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This fact sheet contains general information. Each person should be referred to a genetic service for further information and advice about what a faulty BRCA1 gene means for them.

Key Points

  • Women with a faulty BRCA1 gene have an increased chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Men with a faulty BRCA1 gene have a slightly increased chance of developing prostate and breast cancer.
  • Men and women can be referred to a genetic service where experts can provide information, support and advice about their chance of developing cancer and the option of genetic testing.

This cancer genetics fact sheet is a guide only and cannot cover every possible situation. The information provided is not intended to replace discussion with a health professional, and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Use of this document is subject to eviQ's disclaimer available at  

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22 Apr 2019