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Question from Marlina:

I tested positive for a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, exon 11, 1323G>T, expected to produce inherited breast cancer phenotype. What does that mean?

Answers - Terri McHugh The mutation that you were found to have inherited has significant lifetime risk for both breast and ovarian cancers.
Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. I'm sure the genetic counselor could help explain this in more detail, if it wasn't done at the time you received your results.
Terri McHugh Additionally, they will help outline medical management.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference Breast Cancer Risk and Your Family featured Terri McHugh, D.O., and Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. answering your questions about genetics and breast cancer, and how your family could be affected.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2008.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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