Podcast: Breast Cancer Genetics
by S. Terry Kraus, M.D.
Dr. Kraus explains the genetic risk factors that can lead to breast cancer. What are BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, and what does it mean if a person has them? How can genetic testing be obtained, and how much does it cost? Which ethnic groups have a higher genetic risk of developing breast cancer? What does it mean for a women’s chances of developing breast cancer if she has a relative who has had it? How do US laws such as the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 protect people who have genetic predispositions for developing breast cancer?
Dr. Kraus also explains why he believes genetic counselors are important, and he explains the three statuses of BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.
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