Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Posted by peggysue on December 11, 2012 in Admirable, Courage, Healthy Choices, Hope, Passion and Joy, Selfless People |

You need to look at your whole family medical history on both sides of your family to see if you are at risk.

You could have an inherited risk if…

-a family member on either side had breast cancer at age 50 or younger

-a male member in the family had breast cancer

-you are Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, have a personal or family history on the same side of the family of an HBOC associated cancer at any age

-there were two breast cancer in the same person or two family members with breast cancer on the same side of the family, one under age 50

-you or a family member were diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at any age

-there is pancreatic cancer, breast or ovarian cancer in the same person or on the same side of the family at any age

-you have a previously identified BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in your family

What is your risk of breast and ovarian cancer if you have a BRCA gene mutation? It is up to 87% with breast cancer and 44% with an ovarian risk. Early detection can save lives in these causes.

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BRCA mutations are more common among people of Ashkenazi Jewish decent.

BRCA mutations can increase the risk for other cancers in both men and women, up to 8% in men and 7% for pancreatic cancer in men and women.

Women with BRCA mutations have up to a 50% risk of developing breast cancer by age 50. Up to 87% risk of developing breast cancer by age 70. Up to 64% of developing a second breast cancer  Up to a 44% chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.

Source: Myraid Genetic Laboratories, Incorporated


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