This study collects information about people who have inherited faulty breast cancer genes.
A small number of men and women have inherited faulty genes which means that they at an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Two of these genes are called BRCA1 and BRCA2. When someone has a fault in these genes they are more likely to develop cancers of the breast, ovary or prostate.
The EMBRACE study, which stands for Epidemiological Study of Familial Breast Cancer, aims to create a register of families who have a fault in these genes. The people taking part will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and to give a small sample of blood, which will be looked at in a laboratory. With this information they hope to find out
- How many people go on to develop cancer
- What other factors may play a part in the development of cancer
- How the cancer risk may be reduced
The findings of this study will help doctors in the future to decide the best way to manage someone who has these faulty genes.