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BRACA Testing Identifies Increased Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women

Reported by the National Cancer Institute, testing for genetic mutations strongly associated with an increased breast cancer risk has risen dramatically among women younger than age 40 who are diagnosed with the disease. Overall, within a year of their diagnosis, 87 percent of the women in the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Study were tested for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Mutations in either of these genes increase a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer, her risk of developing breast cancer at a younger age, and her lifetime risk of ovarian cancer. To read more, visit here.