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Information About the Breast Cancer Gene

Prognosis for Women Who Carry an Altered Cancer Gene

There's no definitive answer to how likely you are to get breast cancer if you carry the altered BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene. Some studies have shown the risk to be about 40%, others put it as high as 85%. The only certainty is that, if you have an altered form of one of these genes, your risk of getting breast cancer is higher than that of someone who does not. It does not mean that you will certainly get breast cancer in your lifetime. If you do, you may actually be at an advantage, if you have been diligent about screening, and about observing changes in your breasts. Women who know they are at higher risk are better candidates for early detection, and therefore have a better chance for survival should breast cancer strike. If you are a carrier of the breast cancer gene, be glad that you know your risks. Get regular screenings and watch closely for any changes in your breasts. If breast cancer does show up, you'll have a jump start on beating it.

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