News  |  Journals  |  Conferences  |  Blogs  |  Articles  |  Forums  |  Twitter   

Doctors Lounge - Oncology Answers

"The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician."

Back to Oncology Answers List

Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: Cancer Predisposition

 leamea - Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:48 pm


Is the gene for a predisposition to breast cancer passed down maternally or can two paternal cousins dying young from it, in their 30's and 40's, be a cause for concern?

 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Apr 16, 2007 11:41 pm

User avatar There are several genes known to increase the risk of breast cancer. The most well known genes are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 (The term BRCA comes from BReast CAncer).

These genes are passed through the family and are a major cause of "familial" breast cancer.

There are some other genes as well but these are the two best known.

Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions
advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application


Useful Sites



Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us

Copyright © 2001-2017
Doctors Lounge.
All rights reserved.

Medical Reference:
Diseases | Symptoms
Drugs | Labs | Procedures
Software | Tutorials

Links | Humor
Forum Archive
CME Articles

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions
Editorial Board
About us | Email

We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.We subscribe to the HONcode principles.
Verify here