BRCA testing is extremely famous and fairly common for women especially in the western world. In India, this type of testing is rapidly growing in popularity but still lags far behind comparatively. Many say the poster child is Hollywood star Angeline Jolie when she famously shared her BRCA results publicly. BRCA testing is used in testing genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer. A positive BRCA result indicates a higher likelihood of developing breast and/or ovarian cancers.
BRCA testing for Prostate Cancer
As it turns out, BRCA testing is gaining popularity for men. In males, a BRCA positive result means a higher chance of developing prostate cancer. With this new information doctors are asking men, especially men with a family history of cancer, to undergo BRCA testing for prostate cancer. Leading cancer guidelines have taken notice and many now recommend BRCA testing in males.
However, BRCA testing has another advantage. Men suffering from prostate cancer often have a more aggressive form of the disease. Testing BRCA also enables doctors to be aware of this while creating their treatment plan.