RISK FACTORS, SCREENING, PROPHYLAXIS AND OUTCOMES IN INDIVIDUALS FROM BREAST CANCER FAMILIES: KCONFAB FOLLOW-UP STUDY

Grant number: 288704

Abstract

Having a strong family history of breast cancer is one of the most important risk factors for the disease. Two major genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, have been identified which, when abnormal, result in an inherited tendency towards developing breast cancer. Women with a strong family history of breast cancer can undergo testing for these gene abnormalities via Family Cancer Centres around Australia. However, once a gene abnormality is found, little is known about the best ways to prevent cancer or detect it early. The Kathleen Cuningham Consortium for Research into Familial Aspects of Breast Cancer (kConFab) has been recruiting families with exceptionally strong histories of breast cancer since 1997..

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