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Are you concerned your genes may be putting you at risk for breast cancer?

by , 27 March 2015

With Angelina Jolie in the news again, this time for having surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, many women around the world are again reminded of the harsh reality genetics can play on your health.

Here's what you should know if you're concerned about your risk for breast cancer…

These rogue genes are bad news when it comes to breast cancer

To become cancerous, a cell needs to have a number of mistakes, or mutations, in its genetic code. Most of these genetic mutations develop over a long period of time as a result of substances we come into contact with or mistakes cells make when replicating their genetic code before dividing into two cells.

Most of these genetically mutated cells die off or are killed by your immune system. And, it generally takes years to accumulate enough genetic mistakes for them to become cancerous. That’s why cancer is more common in older people.

Based on this, everyone should have an equal risk of getting cancer in their lives.

But it is possible to be born with an inherited rogue gene mutation that increases your risk for cancer. The ones that increase your risk for breast cancer or ovarian cancer are named BRCA1 and BRCA2. Up to 90% of women OR MEN carrying these genes, will get breast cancer at some points in their lives.

The other two genes that increase the risk for breast cancer are: TP53 and PTEN. These four rogue genes present the most significant genetic causes for breast cancer.

But this doesn’t mean you’re doomed if you’re unfortunate to have inherited these rogue genes…

It’s important to know the breast cancer symptoms intimately  

You can test to check if you inherited these rogue genes, but it’s complicated and pricy breast cancer treatment. Still, if you’d like to look into this, you can visit this site for more information.  

If your mom, gran and aunts haven’t all been struck by breast cancer, you could just monitor yourself for symptoms of breast cancer. The earlier you catch this beast, the better your chances of survival.

PS. “By the end of summer, his doctor could find no trace of cancer”

David J. had an 8cm tumour wrapped around his backbone – entering his spinal column – when he entered the hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. This former athlete was completely paralysed.
Surgery was scheduled, but the cancer was officially declared “incurable”.
Just four days later, David walked out of the hospital, using only a cane. A year later, he was swimming and riding his mountain bike again. By the end of the summer, his doctor could find no trace of cancer in his body.
What on earth helped David finally beat it? Some toxic new chemotherapy? No.
Believe it or not, he owes a good part of his recovery to a revolutionary therapy you’ll read about starting on page 72 in How to Fight Cancer & Win...
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