Genetics and Breast Cancer

Posted by peggysue on July 20, 2013 in Healthy Choices, Passion and Joy, Selfless People |

Only 5-10% of breast cancer is linked to genetic causes in the United States. Besides BRCA1 and BRCA2 there are other genetic causes. (i.e. Lynch syndrome, DES, Cowdens, etc.)

Most of the women or men who get BRCA1 or BRCA2 have an inherited version. The likelihood is great according to Susan G. Komen if one of the following states are true:

-you were diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age

-your mother, sister or daughter was diagnoised with breast cancer at an early age

-if ovarian cancer was diagnoised at any age

-if a women in your family has had ovarian cancer

-if a women in your family has had breast cancer in both breasts

-your family is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent

-a male in your family has had breast cancer (a man can also get it from Klienefelter’s syndrome)

This mutation is also found in men, the BRCA mutation and they are at risk for increased breast and prostate cancers. Google or call Susan G. Komen at: www.komen.org or for more information call 1.877.465.6636

Other sources of inforamtion include Facing Our risk for Cancer Empowered, Inc. (FORCE), www.facingourrisk.org; National Society of Genetic Counselors, Inc., www.nsgc.org; The National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov

 

Main Source of Information: Susan G. Komen

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