Red Flags

HBOC syndrome risky gene mutations may be found in anyONE, but are more likely in families with a history of certain types of cancer. 



Criteria may vary slightly, but for the most part, government-insured genetic counsellors will be looking for a confirmed genetic mutation anywhere in a family, or one or more of the following within the same side of a family:

Multiple individuals with breast and/or ovarian cancer

■ Breast cancer in both breasts

■ Breast and ovarian cancer in the same individual

■ Breast cancer at age 40 or younger

■ Breast cancer that is ‘triple negative’ at 50 or younger

■ Breast or ovarian cancer in a families with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage

■ Men with breast cancer

■ Multiple individuals with uterine, stomach, colon, prostate, melanoma or pancreatic cancer


If your family has one or more of the red flags listed above, gather your family's cancer history and take it to your general practitioner to discuss the possibility of government-insured genetic testing.  If your doctor does not believe your history warrants government-insured genetic testing but you still want to receive genetic testing, there are pay-services available

Family History Form