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What does brca stand for?

What does brca stand for?

Breast cancer: BRCA refers to a set of genes that have been associated to confer a higher risk of developing certain cancers. It was first identified in women with a higher risk of developing breast cancer hence the acronym BRCA. It is associated with breast cancer, ovarian cancer and peritoneal cancer. It can be associated with breast cancer in males as well. ...Read more

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What does the brca in brca1 stand for?

What does the brca in brca1 stand for?

Breast Cancer: 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. ...Read more

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Are brca hormone receptors?

Are brca hormone receptors?

No: Brca genes are important in repairing damaged dna. Mutations in these genes allow defective dna to replicate and turn the cells with defective dna into turmors. ...Read more

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What are some things doctors look for in a brca test and what are its ramifications?

What are some things doctors look for in a brca test and what are its ramifications?

Mutation=cancer risk: People with mutations in the brca1 or brca2 gene are at higher risk of developing certain cancers. With a mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 41 to 90%, and ovarian cancer is 8 to 62%. Pancreatic and prostate cancer are more common as well. If you are a woman and test positive, you will have to consider having your ovaries and breasts removed. Genetic counseling is key! ...Read more

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How serious is having the brca-2 gene?

How serious is having the brca-2 gene?

Always serious: 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. ...Read more

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Brca 2 pos. Age 68 is mastectomy recommened?

Brca 2 pos. Age 68 is mastectomy recommened?

It is an option...: ...But not the only one. Any person with an inherited cancer trait or a strong family history of cancer should discuss their management with a specialist in cancer genetics. No such thing as one size fits all. Good news is that by knowing you have a mutation, you have the tactical advantage. Best to you. ...Read more

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I tested positive for harmful brca 2 mutation....So unsure what to do ?

I tested positive for harmful brca 2 mutation....So unsure what to do
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Genetic Counseling: Have you met with a genetic counselor? If not, i strongly recommend this. Testing brca-2 (+) puts you at an increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer (as well as ca of the stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, and melanoma). Options include surgical prophylaxis (mastectomy, oophorectomy), chemoprevention, and close surveillance. These decisions are best made with a professional. ...Read more

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Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Is nipple sparing mastectomy safe for brca 2?

Yes: Many studies have been published demonstrating this option to be safe, both for treatment of breast cancer and prevention in women with brca mutations. No surgery will take the risk of subsequent breast cancer down to zero--there is always some breast tissue left behind, albeit microscopic. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more left behind, the higher the risk; yet, it remains quite low. ...Read more

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Can I test myself for brca without going to the doctor?

No: It's not the test that's the big deal, it's what one does with the information. Understanding what a positive and negative test means and what the decision options based on each are something that should be discussed and planned for before testing is sent. Without knowing family genetic status a neg. Test may not mean much. Thus, testing should start with an affected indiv. 1st if possible. ...Read more

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