This week’s trivia Tuesday question is:
There are several types of breast cancer and as we approach breast cancer awareness month we bring awareness to all types, but this week awareness is focused on one particular type of breast cancer. Can you name that type?
TUESDAY TRIVIA ANSWER FOR SEPTEMBER 25, 2012: HEREDITARY BREAST CANCER
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are major genes related to hereditary breast cancer. Women who have inherited certain mutations in these genes have a high risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and several other types of cancer during their lifetimes. Men with BRCA1 mutations also have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Additionally, BRCA1 mutations are associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer. Mutations in the BRCA2 gene are associated with an increased chance of developing male breast cancer and cancers of the prostate and pancreas. An aggressive form of skin cancer called melanoma is also more common among people who have BRCA2 mutations.
To learn more about a recent study that divides breast cancer into four distinct types, click here or go to our News 2012 web-site page.