I wonder how many men will opt for castration if they find out they have the gene? :shock:
Although the most significant impact of the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 is on breast and ovarian cancer risk in women, that – of course – is not the whole story. Risks for some other cancer types are elevated too, including breast and prostate cancer in men.
Not surprisingly given the impact that risk of breast and ovarian cancer has on women with BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations, the challenges that men in BRCA1 and BRCA2 families face have generally taken a back seat in research and writing about this condition. Nevertheless, the brothers, fathers, sons, male cousins, uncles, etc. of female mutation carriers do have elevated risks for certain types of cancer.