Disparities in Genetic Testing for
Cancer Susceptibility

Dr. Susan Domchek
Executive Director Basser Center for BRCA at
Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center

"Although individuals who are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent are 10 times more likely to have a mutation (1 in 40), BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are found in all races and ethnicities. Several studies have shown that even in populations at the highest risk of having BRCA1/2 mutations (for instance, ovarian cancer patients) many individuals do not undergo testing."