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.

Changes in Classification of BRCA1/2 Mutations are Extremely Rare

In light of a recent article from The Wall Street Journal, we'd like to stress that the change in interpretation of genetic test results from “harmful” to “uncertain” is rare. If you have been told that you have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, it is exceedingly unlikely that anything has changed. Read more at the Basser blog.

Basser Jean Bash Raises $9 Million for Research on BRCA-Related Cancers!

We held our biennial Jean Bash fundraiser in Manhattan on November 18, 2019, raising $9 million to support BRCA-related cancer research. The event honored the memory of Marla Mehlman, as well as Nina Garcia, editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine and judge on Project Runway. Nina helped to launch LATINX & BRCA, an initiative to raise awareness of hereditary cancer in the Latinx community.

Get your limited edition Basser tote bag, as sold at the Bash. 100% of the proceeds will support our life-saving work.

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Watch the LATINX & BRCA video. 

View the Facebook album or the Instagram story.

See more on ABC and at Elle Magazine. 

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:

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
Ways to Give

Philanthropy helps to provide essential resources supporting the Center’s mission to improve the lives of individuals with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.

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

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