Should my young children have genetic testing for the BRCA mutations?
The high-risk cancers that occur in carriers of a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation do not occur in childhood. Because there are no beneficial medical options to offer children who carry a BRCA mutation, medical professionals recommend against BRCA testing for minors. This also allows individuals to make their own informed decisions, as adults, about whether they want to undergo genetic testing. Further, because tremendous strides are being made in cancer genetic research, it is likely that more effective surveillance and risk reduction strategies will be available by the time they reach adulthood.