PHS findings on BRCA mutations underscore importance of genetic testing in younger patients
April 12, 2010
| By Kristen Woodward
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Public Health Sciences Division’s Dr. Kathi Malone and colleagues found that women with breast cancer before age 55 who carry an inherited mutation in the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are four times more likely to develop cancer in the breast opposite, or contralateral, to their initial tumor as compared to breast cancer patients without these genetic defects.
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