Breast Cancer in Young Women Requires Different Treatment

Breast cancer doesn’t occur often in younger women. Of the more than 230,000 new cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in the United States in 2015, only about 11 percent will involve women younger than 45. Young breast cancer patients have special concerns. Their cancers tend to be more advanced, more aggressive, more likely … Read More

Should All Women Be Screened for BRCA1 and BRCA2?

Who should be tested — and when? These are the big questions people ask when it comes to genetic screening, especially for commonly known mutations. It’s safe to say more people know about BRCA1 and BRCA2 than the average mutations. High-profile cases such as Angelina Jolie’s have brought attention to them. The actress recently announced … Read More

Family Matters: Know Your Breast Cancer Risk

If you have a BRCA1 mutation, your lifetime risk for developing breast cancer is up to 80 percent. The risk really picks up after age 25, so women with this mutation should be screened with MRI and mammograms every single year starting at an early age. Read the full story Jolie’s Choice: Why Have a … Read More

Jolie’s Choice: Why Have a Preventive Mastectomy?

When a woman decides to have her breasts removed to prevent cancer, the choice is never easy. But it can be the right choice — with the right information. When actress Angelina Jolie announced today in The New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventive) double mastectomy, she brought new attention to this procedure. … Read More

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Breast Cancer: Do Your Genes Put You at Risk?

Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the country, with 200,000-plus new cases diagnosed each year. But did you know that many of those cases are tied to genetics? “Ten to 15 percent of all breast cancers, which is a lot, … Read More

Myth Busting: BRCA Genes and Breast Cancer

Last week, we explored the myth that that you can’t improve your health because your genetics are predetermined. This week: A few myths about BRCA gene mutations and breast cancer. Let’s see how much you know about hereditary breast cancer and the BRCA gene mutation. Are these statements true or false? Myth 1: Most breast … Read More