What is BRCA?

Genes are passed from parent to child and we are made up of genes from our mom and our dad. The BRCA gene is in our body to slow down cancer cell growth by repairing damaged genetic material (DNA).
If these genes are altered through a mutation, the DNA damage may not be repaired. Cancer cells grow more easily with mutations.
It is important to know that you can get these mutations from either your mom or dad or both parents.The normal population of woman have around a 12% chance of getting Breast cancer within their lifetime. However, if you have the BRCA mutation, your chances go up to 87% chance of getting Breast cancer in your lifetime…
Having the BRCA1 / BRCA2 gene mutation gives woman the increased chances of getting Breast / Ovarian cancer. (With men, the chances of getting prostate and pancreatic cancer are included with the Breast cancer chances)
I fully believe that Knowledge is power and finding out that I had this gene mutation was both a shock and gave me a sense of freedom.
But I will go into more of that in a later post 😉 


If these genes are altered through a mutation, the DNA damage may not be repaired. Cancer cells grow more easily with mutations.
It is important to know that you can get these mutations from either your mom or dad or both parents.The normal population of woman have around a 12% chance of getting Breast cancer within their lifetime. However, if you have the BRCA mutation, your chances go up to 87% chance of getting Breast cancer in your lifetime…
Having the BRCA1 / BRCA2 gene mutation gives woman the increased chances of getting Breast / Ovarian cancer. (With men, the chances of getting prostate and pancreatic cancer are included with the Breast cancer chances)


I fully believe that Knowledge is power and finding out that I had this gene mutation was both a shock and gave me a sense of freedom.


But I will go into more of that in a later post 😉 

Chat later xxx

The BRCA Ribbon

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