Hereditary breast cancer can now be detected through a genetic test before it has a chance to develop. Breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 and breast cancer susceptibility gene 2, BRCA1 and BRCA2 respectively, are human genes that ensure the stability of the cell’s DNA and help prevent uncontrolled cell growth. However, recent studies have revealed that mutations to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have been linked to the development of hereditary breast cancer.
Men and women who have inherited a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation are five times more likely to develop breast cancer than those without a mutation. A genetic test, composed of a blood sample and genetic counseling, can determine whether an individual has inherited a mutation. If an individual has inherited a mutation, a specialist can recommend options on how to manage their cancer risk. Cancer Treatment Centers of America can recommend a specialist in genetic testing for those persons whose families have had many individuals affected by cancer.
We want you to know the importance of getting tested for certain cancers!
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