Hereditary Breast and Ovarian cancer (HBOC) risk and genetic testing in men.
There is a mistaken and dangerous belief among some health care providers and many consumers that men cannot carry, or pass on a BRCA, or other mutation in a gene associated with HBOC. Equally dangerous is the mistaken belief that men who inherit mutations do not have increased cancer risk. Given the use of the words “breast and ovarian cancer” in the HBOC name, it is not surprising. As in women, having a BRCA mutations can increase a man’s risk for pancreatic cancer and mela