If you've followed any pop-media lately, you may have heard the acronym "BRCA". So what does that exactly mean? BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that, when mutated, may cause breast and/or ovarian cancer. This is called Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and it is an inherited syndrome that causes you to be more likely to develop breast and/or ovarian cancer in the future; meaning, some people are actually born more at risk than others.
One acronym, two variations, and instant increased risk for breast cancer.
7 out of 100 women in the general population of the U.S. will get breast cancer by 70.
50 out of 100 women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will get breast cancer by 70.
1 out of 100 women with a BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation will get ovarian cancer by 70.
30 out of 100 women with a BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation will get ovarian cancer by 70.