Women with BRCA gene mutations given clearer picture of breast and ovarian cancer risk

Normal (left) versus cancerous (right) mammography image.
Normal (left) versus cancerous (right) mammography image. National Institutes of Health - CC0 Public Domain

Women who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations now have the clearest picture yet of their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.

An Australian study led by the University of Melbourne, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Cancer Council Victoria tracked almost 10,000 women with these mutations for up to 20 years.

What they found has given clinicians “enormous power” to assess a carrier’s risk of developing these cancers. …

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