Breast cancer is my guess. Genetic researchers can actually come up with some crazy names and abbreviations. The fruitfly researchers i know tend to be even wackier. Fortunately, these researchers chose something straightforward and memorable, which helps spread the word of such a serious disease.
Answered Jul 20, 2012
Brca is short for breast cancer. That's because mutations in these genes increase the risk for breast cancer. The mutations also increase the risk for other cancers, but the higher rate of breast cancer was identified first, so that's how the genes were named.
Answered Jan 16, 2014
Women w/ 2+ immediate family members w/ a hx of breast/ovarian CA at 50% chance of developing breast cancer. If you have it, get screened with CA-125 blood test, ultrasound, mammogram/MRI, usually starting at age 30. Surgery after childbearing.
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