Breast Cancer and BRCA1

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🎀 Breast Cancer and BRCA1

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death in women in the US, second only to lung cancer.

What causes breast cancer? We don’t know, but women who have inherited mutations in certain genes, such as BRCA1, are at higher risk of breast cancer. When you look at the stats for BRCA1, it’s shocking; about 13% of women in the general population will develop breast cancer compared to 55-72% of women who have inherited a harmful BRCA1 variant. That is a massive increase in risk and one that led Angelina Jolie, who carried the harmful BRCA1 variant, to remove her breasts as a preventative measure in 2013.

Can we give women who are born with harmful BRCA1 variants a preventative treatment to protect them from getting breast cancer? (Ideally, a preventative treatment that doesn’t require a double mastectomy, sorry Angie...)

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