Survivors all around the world know that one of the keys to surviving breast cancer is early detection, and while many have heard of the BRCA genes, the most well-known form of mutated gene that increases breast cancer risk, there are plenty of other genes that have similar effects. Some of them have yet to be discovered, while others are known about but not widely enough.
The video below is from a few years ago, but it does a great job explaining the effects of PALB2, another gene that can play a role in the formation of breast cancer when it is in its mutated form.
One of the most interesting and important things to know about these gene mutations is that you may not get them from your mother. As you’ll see in the video, it can be your father’s side of the family that passes on the gene mutation.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the PALB2 mutation gives women a one in three chance of developing breast cancer.
Learn more about PALB2 and how you can get tested for it in the video below.
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