If breast cancer runs in a woman‘s family she may want to be screened for mutations in a gene known as CHEK2.
A new study led by Cezary Cybulski of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Poland estimated that a woman who carries a CHEK2 mutation would have a 34 percent risk of developing breast cancer if her mother or sister had the disease.
Experts in the US have warned that Polish women may be different than American women and the test is not ready for widespread use yet.
It is recommended that women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer get screened for mutations in the BRCA 1 and 2 genes which may increase their risk for developing a tumor.
The Polish study involved nearly 7,500 women with breast cancer who didn’t have BRCA 1 mutations. They found that 3 percent had a certain type of mutation in the CHEK2 gene. But fewer than one percent without breast cancer harbored such mutations.
This study is a great step in the right direction in breast cancer prevention. Although, it is too early to encourage American women to go out and get screened for the CHEK2 gene.
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