Introducing the PHACT Study: Population Health and Cancer Testing

PHACT study

There are a percentage of individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area who may be carrying disease-causing mutations in their genes that increase their risk of developing breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate or skin cancers. The UCSF Center for BRCA Research believes that these individuals are being missed by the national and insurance-set guidelines created to identify those in need for hereditary cancer screening. Population-based testing will allow us to identify and better serve individuals and their family members who are at risk for hereditary cancer.

By participating in the UCSF Population Health and Cancer Testing (PHACT) study you will be provided with a free saliva collection kit donated by Color Genomics, a genetic laboratory. Thirty genes will be analyzed, including BRCA1 and BRCA2, to identify mutations that increase the chance of cancer in both men and women and genetic counseling support will be available with every test.

If you are interested in participating in this study please email

Eligibility criteria (participant must meet ALL criteria below):

  1. You are 21 years old or older
  2. You can speak and read in English
  3. You live in one of the 9 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma)
  4. You have not had a bone marrow transplant
  5. You have not had a blood transfusion in the last 7 days
  6. You are not receiving treatment for a blood cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma

*Participants must also have a working email address