BRCA and Beyond: What Mutated Genes Are And How They Work

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The connection between genetics and some cases of breast cancer is undeniable, but science has yet to discover all there is to know about how different genes can impact a person’s risk of breast cancer.

Two of the genes we know the most about are called BRCA1 and BRCA2. You can be tested for these genes so that you know whether you have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The mutated BRCA1 and 2 genes often cause all or most of the women in a family to develop breast cancer.

The BRCA genes actually have very important functions in our bodies, and everyone has them. But when a person carries a mutated form of one of these genes, things can get pretty complicated.

This interesting video features an interview with Stanford Breast Cancer Expert, Alison Kurian, MD, and explores how current research is creating a better understanding of breast cancer.

Learn more about what scientists know about the BRCA genes and how they work below.

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