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BRCA stands for breast cancer susceptibility gene. There are two BRCA genes:BRCA1 and BRCA2. Mutations (changes) in BRCA genes increase risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers.
BRCA mutations can be inherited from either parent and may be passed on. Each child of a genetic carrier has a 50 percent chance of inheriting the mutated gene.
Did you know that individuals with Lynch Syndrome have a 82% risk for colon cancer by age 70 or that they have a 50% risk of passing the mutation on to their children? Share our infographic with family or friends who are at risk and help prevent this killer disease.
Between 1959 and 2010, lung cancer risk for smokers rose dramatically. Among female smokers, risk increased by 10 times and among male smokers, risk doubled. #SGR50