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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Cancer Topics

Question: Cancer Predisposition


 leamea - Mon Apr 09, 2007 3:48 pm

Hi,

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?

Thanks!
 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.

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