Putting Breast Cancer Risk in Perspective for Adolescents

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Inheriting a BRCA gene mutation dramatically increases the risk of breast cancer. But according to Dr. Mark Robson, Director of Clinical Genetics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, very few women with this mutation develop breast cancer before age 25. Relatively few young women choose to modify this risk with aggressive interventions such as preventive breast surgery and taking medications that block estrogen. Women with the BRCA mutation are encouraged to begin regular screening with mammography or breast MRI at age 25.