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Categories Genetic Testing
Strength of Science: Medium
Most relevant for: Men diagnosed with breast cancer
Recent headlines describe the rise in prophylactic double mastectomy for men with breast cancer. We looked at the research to see how many men are choosing this option and what it means for men with breast cancer. (10/6/15)Read More
Strength of Science: High
Research Timeline: Post Approval
Most relevant for: Young black women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer
Most estimates of the percentage of breast cancer patients with mutations in BRCA are based on studies in White women. These researchers found that Black women diagnosed at a young age with breast cancer were twice as likely to have a BRCA mutation than previously reported based on studies in White women with breast cancer diagnosed in the same age categories. This study shows how important it is for all Black women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50 to speak with their doctor about genetic counseling and testing. (9/29/15)Read More