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BRCA I and II (Genetic Cancer) Testing

At Medical Express Clinic, we understand that genetic testing is important in early cancer detection and its risk management. We are committed to our patients’ health and offer private BRCA I and II (genetic cancer) testing, which is a vital service to those who are concerned about their genetic predisposition to ovarian and breast cancer.

What are BRCA I and II?

BRCA I and BRCA 2 genes produce proteins that repair damaged DNA. When any of these genes get mutated, cell damage may occur, increasing the risk of cancer, especially ovarian and breast cancers. Our BRCA I and II testing identifies these gene mutations to assess your cancer risk.

When should I undergo this test?

BRCA testing is recommended for anyone with a family history of ovarian, breast, peritoneal, or fallopian tube cancer. People with a personal history of these cancers can also undergo BRCA testing, especially if the diagnosis was at a younger age.

Why is the BRCA test important?

Accurate information about your BRCA status can empower you. It helps you to make informed decisions about your health, such as lifestyle changes, increasing surveillance, or getting preventive surgery. Early cancer detection is important in fighting cancer.

BRCA testing procedure

Before BRCA testing, you will have an appointment with the GP to discuss your medical history and the implications of your test. Understating the potential outcomes is important and will help you make an informed decision.

During the test

BRCA testing requires a simple blood draw by a healthcare professional. The blood draw is generally painless and quick.


The test result should be available within a few weeks. Another appointment will be necessary to discuss the result of your test and the next steps. The doctor will guide you through the surveillance and management options if there is a mutation.

If you have concerns about developing breast or ovarian cancers or have a family history, contact Medical Express Clinic on 0207 499 1991 to book an appointment with our healthcare professional. A consultation with our doctor will help assess if you need BRCA testing and the next options.

Frequently asked questions

Most people with a BRCA mutation do not have symptoms. However, awareness of your family history of cancer is important.

BRCA mutations are inherited from parents. The children of a parent with a BRCA mutation have a 50% chance of inheriting the mutated gene.

People with a family history of ovarian or breast cancer need BRCA testing. Healthcare providers recommended BRCA testing for people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.

Knowing your BRCA status can help you make informed decisions about your healthcare, and your healthcare provider can recommend preventive measures.

The BRCA test is highly accurate. However, a negative result does not rule out the risk of developing cancer.