Health Watch — Breast Cancer: Increased Risks
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about breast cancer, in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some women have a greater risk of breast cancer because they carry certain gene mutations. These mutations also raise their risk for ovarian cancer.
Women who have BCRA-1 or BCRA-2 gene mutations have a 90 percent risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer, while women without it have a 10 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 2 percent risk for ovarian cancer. Dr. David Scott Miller, a gynecologic oncologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this is why it’s important for a woman to know her family history of cancer. With a strong family history, there are tests that can be done to determine risk and to monitor for early cancer detection. In some cases, medication or preventative surgery may be recommended.
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