You asked: How do I know if I have the breast cancer gene?

Is breast cancer inherited from mother or father?

About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, meaning that they result directly from gene changes (mutations) passed on from a parent. BRCA1 and BRCA2: The most common cause of hereditary breast cancer is an inherited mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Does everyone have the breast cancer gene?

BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations. Most inherited cases of breast cancer are associated with mutations in two genes: BRCA1 (BReast CAncer gene one) and BRCA2 (BReast CAncer gene two). Everyone has BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

What side of the family does the breast cancer gene come from?

So a woman who has a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer on her father’s side (her dad’s mother or sisters) has the same risk of having an abnormal breast cancer gene as a woman with a strong family history on her mother’s side.

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What age can you be tested for breast cancer gene?

Once a BRCA1/2 or other high-risk inherited gene mutation is found, genetic testing is available to family members who are age 18 or older. If you have a high-risk gene mutation, your children have a 50 percent (1 in 2) chance of having the same mutation.

How did I get breast cancer with no family history?

FALSE. More than 75% of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease and less than 10% have a known gene mutation that increases risk. If you have relatives who have had breast cancer, you may worry that you’re next.

What happens if you test positive for BRCA?

A positive test result means that you have a mutation in one of the breast cancer genes, BRCA1 or BRCA2, and therefore a much higher risk of developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer compared with someone who doesn’t have the mutation. But a positive result doesn’t mean you’re certain to develop cancer.

What are the chances of getting breast cancer if your sister has it?

And just as significant is the fact that women with a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter, aunt, etc.) who developed breast cancer have a risk that is about double an average woman’s risk, or a 24% chance of getting it.

How can you prevent breast cancer if you have the gene?

Ways to reduce cancer risk

To help women with BRCA changes, some experts did a study that let them predict how much breast and ovarian cancer risk could be reduced by: Having the breasts removed (mastectomy). Having the ovaries removed (oophorectomy). Having a mammogram and breast MRI every year starting at age 25.

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How does a woman’s weight influence her breast cancer risk?

Being overweight also can increase the risk of the breast cancer coming back (recurrence) in women who have had the disease. This higher risk is because fat cells make estrogen; extra fat cells mean more estrogen in the body, and estrogen can make hormone-receptor-positive breast cancers develop and grow.

Does your breast hurt with cancer?

Breast cancer can cause changes in skin cells that lead to feelings of pain, tenderness, and discomfort in the breast. Although breast cancer is often painless, it is important not to ignore any signs or symptoms that could be due to breast cancer. Some people may describe the pain as a burning sensation.

Are you more likely to get breast cancer if your mother has it?

A woman’s risk for breast cancer is higher if she has a mother, sister, or daughter (first-degree relative) or multiple family members on either her mother’s or father’s side of the family who have had breast or ovarian cancer. Having a first-degree male relative with breast cancer also raises a woman’s risk.

Is genetic testing for breast cancer worth it?

Generally speaking, genetic testing is quite accurate at detecting known genetic variants. But these tests cannot tell you whether you’ll eventually develop breast cancer. Receiving a positive result means that, compared to the general population, you’re at an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

Can I have the BRCA gene if my mom doesn t?

Because BRCA mutations are hereditary, they can be passed down to family members regardless of gender. This means that if you have a BRCA mutation, you inherited it from one of your parents.

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