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What does the brca in brca1 stand for?

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Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Dr. Brian Nguyen
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Breast Cancer

The brca in brca1 and brca2 stands for breast cancer susceptibility gene.
They are a type of gene known as tumor suppressor genes.

In brief: Breast Cancer

The brca in brca1 and brca2 stands for breast cancer susceptibility gene.
They are a type of gene known as tumor suppressor genes.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Judy Mouchawar
Preventive Medicine
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In brief: Breast cancer

"BR" stands for breast "CA" stands for cancer In the mid-1990's, after years of research, two genes were found that are changed in many families with breast cancer.
The first gene was named BRCA1 and the second gene was named BRCA2.

In brief: Breast cancer

"BR" stands for breast "CA" stands for cancer In the mid-1990's, after years of research, two genes were found that are changed in many families with breast cancer.
The first gene was named BRCA1 and the second gene was named BRCA2.
Dr. Judy Mouchawar
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Abbreviation

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.

In brief: Abbreviation

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.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology

In brief: BReast CAncer

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.

In brief: BReast CAncer

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.
Dr. Devon Webster
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