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Genes Associated with Hereditary Cancers

Learn about genes and cancer, signs of hereditary cancer, genetic counseling, types of genetic tests and what results mean for you and your family.


Some studies have suggested that mutations in the RAD50 gene increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Ongoing research is exploring the extent of that risk, and whether or not a RAD50 mutation increases a person’s risk for other types of cancers.

No national guidelines have been established for managing cancer risk in people who inherit a mutation in RAD50. We recommend consulting with a genetics expert who can assess your personal and family history of cancer, and can help you to determine the best risk-management plan.

Updated 07/28/17

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