New findings involving the breast cancer gene
Nov 1, 2011
A recent study shows that a woman's chance of developing breast cancer does not increase just because someone in their family has tested positive for the breast cancer genes, according to Fox News.
The findings can be found in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and they show that those who test negatively for the BRCA1 or the BRCA2 mutation will not have an increased risk of getting the disease, even if a relative tested positive, according to the news provider.
"The results are encouraging and reassuring," lead author Dr. Allison Kurian of the Stanford University School of Medicine told the news source.
However, those with the mutations should schedule annual exams as they are five to 20 times more likely to develop the disease, the media outlet reports.
According to the American Cancer Society, this disease is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer. However, the death rate has been decreasing since 1990 due to advancements in research and breakthrough breast cancer news. There are currently 2.5 million survivors in the U.S.