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Fact Sheets


These two fact sheets provide concise, practical information for anyone considering genetic counselling and genetic testing.

Genetic counselling for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer


Sharing your genetic test results with family members is not always easy. This fact sheet was developed to help you start a conversation about the risk of cancer in your family.

Informing adult family members about your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic test results


One way to share information about your genetic test results is by letter. A letter can be used as an introduction to the history of cancer in your family or as a follow-up to conversations you had with relatives in person or by phone. Below is a sample letter that you can personalize for use with your own family.

Letter for informing family members about your genetic test results

Family members may have different reactions to your letter. Before sending a letter or talking to your family, we recommend reading the fact sheet "Informing adult family members about your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic test results".


Facts sheets are meant to be brief and concise. If you want more information on any issue related to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, call Willow at 1.888.778.3100 or email us at support@willow.org