The BRCA Genes and Breast Cancer: Facts to Help Save Lives

Cynthia Bailey, MD|October 22, 2015

BRCA Cover-01There's a lot of buzz around the BRCA genes. If you follow what happened with Angelina Jolie-Pitt, you know she helped bring these genes and their mutation to the forefront of cancer conversations. When Dr. Bailey was diagnosed with breast cancer, her gene test revealed she had a mutated BRCA1 gene, which is inherited. Some twenty years ago, these gene mutations were just being discovered and linked with breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've put together an infographic to really help explain what these mutated genes are and how they can affect you. If you want more information, you can visit FORCE, an organization that helped support Dr. Bailey immensely as she faced her cancer diagnosis and treatments. For more on helping victims battle cancer through FORCE, click here. Large BRCA gene11-6-01

Thanks for the infographics -they’re catchy & informative.  Unfortunately, BRCA isn’t the only genetic flaw which leads to breast cancer.
I’m a 2x survivor - age 38 @ first diagnosis & treatment (lumpectomy, axillary dissection, radiation) though I’m negative for BRCA 1 & 2.  Recurrence was 25 years later, inside the lumpectomy scar.  Double mastectomy, aggressive chemo, herceptin, 5 years of oral estrogen suppressor meds.  My daughter, also BRCA negative, got it at age 35.  My granddaughter is 9.  Hopefully, other gene(s) responsible for breast cancer will be identified soon.

By carol on 2017 01 05

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