How can the risk of breast cancer be reduced in those with a strong family history of the disease?

Grant number: 454508 | Funding period: 2007 - 2009



Having a strong family history for 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 genes via Family Cancer Centres around Australia. However in only about 20% of families with a strong family history will a gene abnormality be discovered. Women from families in which no abnormality has been discovered remian at high risk because they may have an abnormality in an as yet undiscovered gene which can't yet be tested for. Little is currently known bo..

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