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Fight Against Breast Cancer
Knowing you could be more at risk for certain cancers is a breakthrough of modern medicine. Researches are continuously shedding light on the role genes play in determining the cancer risk, and genetic counselors can offer valuable information for women facing very difficult decisions. With so many treatment options, genetic counselors are becoming a valuable asset to women as they decide how to battle their cancer. Research shows mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can lead to an increased risk for several types of cancer in both men and women; but they’re better known for an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer in women. Though, The mutations are relatively rare in the general population, it’s up to an 80 percent lifetime risk to develop breast cancer, and up to a 40 to 50 percent risk to develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime.