Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Genetics of Breast Cancer?

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Maurie Markman, MD

December 29, 2020

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed life-threatening cancer among women and the leading cause of cancer-related death in women. When discussing genetics and breast cancer with patients, clinicians typically first address risk factors associated with mutations in tumor-suppressor genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, as these mutations represent most of the hereditary types of breast cancer. Patients with either of these mutations have a 47%-87% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

In addition to BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, other genes and genetic syndromes are associated with an increased risk for breast cancer. Are you familiar with the genetic risk factors for breast cancer? Check your knowledge with this quick quiz.

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Cite this: Maurie Markman. Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Genetics of Breast Cancer? – Medscape – Dec 29, 2020.

Clinical Professor of Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine; President, Medicine & Science, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Disclosure: Maurie Markman, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Received income in an amount equal to or greater than $250 from: Genentech, Inc; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; Celgene; Clovis; Amgen

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