The Basser Center for BRCA is the first comprehensive center for the research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers. These hereditary mutations affect both men and women and can be passed down from either parent. BRCA mutations can increase lifetime risk for cancers including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma. The Basser Center can help you learn more about hereditary cancer risk. Make an appointment with us or locate a genetic counselor in your area.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought tremendous and unsettling change to our world. There is so much that is uncertain as we all try to navigate this new normal, from the curtailing of the simplest daily routine to altering the way we connect with each other. One constant that remains is the incredible community of advocates, scientists, and researchers that we have built at the Basser Center. Community and connection have always been at the heart of all we do at Basser, and now more than ever, we are proud to have all of you as part of the Basser family.

Here at the Basser Center, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions, not the least of which includes the cancellation of our annual Basser Scientific Symposium and Breakthroughs & Discoveries Panel, originally scheduled for May 12-13, 2020. We hope to find a new date later this year, and will share those details with you as soon as they are finalized. We will stay in touch with you on social media through FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The Basser Center was created to harness the power of community to address a challenging problem. We are so grateful to all of you for your partnership and advocacy, which has been so essential to our work. We know that if we stay close and stay connected we will get through this new challenge together. 

Learn more about considerations for BRCA mutation carriers and those at risk for cancer concerning screening appointments and elective surgeries during COVID-19.

Learn more about considerations for cancer patients during COVID-19.

Learn more about Penn Medicine's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, including the creation of the Penn Center for Research on Coronaviruses and Other Emerging Pathogens. 

Watch Penn Medicine's symposium on COVID-19.


What’s My Cancer Risk?

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Genetic counseling

Learn about cancer risk evaluation, hereditary links between cancers, BRCA-related cancer risks and inheritance, and the genetic counseling process.

Managing and reducing your cancer risk

Find information on BRCA risk management and screening. Learn about surgical and medical options for decreasing risk and the reproductive effects seen in BRCA mutation carriers.


Find commonly asked questions about the cost and coverage of genetic testing and cancer screenings, as well as the impact of genetic test results on health and life insurance.

Support and resources

Get your questions answered and find resources to help cope with news of a BRCA mutation or cancer, as well as tips on communicating with family members about risks, care and support.












Attend an Event

The Basser Center for BRCA hosts numerous events throughout the year, including signature events and programs like our Breakthroughs and Discoveries panel in May, regular webinars led by researchers, and even fundraising events like the Basser Jean Bash.

Upcoming events:

  • We are rescheduling our Breakthroughs and Discoveries panel in Philadelphia, PA, and will post the new date as soon as we have more information.

Learn more about our upcoming events or explore our past events.

Creating Better Choices
for Future Generations

Our team science approach seeks a cure by advancing the care for BRCA-related cancers.

Learn more about the groundbreaking studies funded by the Basser Center.

The Basser Center for BRCA provides grant funding to investigators around the world working on innovative projects related to BRCA1 and BRCA2.

Basser Global Prize

The Basser Global Prize provides $100,000 in unrestricted support of the awardee's innovative BRCA1/2 related research efforts.

Managing your cancer risk
Find a genetic counselor
Basser Videos

View our archived collection of event videos, webinars, interviews, frequently asked questions, and more.

Upcoming Events

Learn more about our latest events raising awareness of BRCA-related cancers and revisit some of our past programs.

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Basser Gear

Help us fuel research through fashion by shopping for Basser branded T-shirts, jean jackets, and hats.