Know The Chances of Transferring Cancer Genes Across Generations?
March 2, 2020
Transferring genes and cells across generations is simply another way of talking about inheriting genes – in this case, those that cause cancer. We know that family history is an important factor in the development of Breast Cancer. Every woman is encouraged to examine her breasts – especially those with a family member who has had breast cancer – male or female.
Certain genes have been identified which do run in families – the BRCA1 and BRC2 are the most popular examples.
They are associated with certain cancers like those of the breast, bowel or ovaries.
When there is a family history of cancer, it is not possible to predict future risk exactly.
However, we use certain factors to consider the possible increased risks that could occur.
If a woman is concerned about developing breast cancer, what can she do to identify her risks?
In this case, we would have to consider family history and relatives in relation to the woman’s risk of developing cancer.
First-degree family history for a woman refers to her mother, father, daughter, son, sister, and brother.
A second-degree family history refers to her grandparents, grandchildren, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, half-sister, and half-brother.
According to research from the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), we know that:
So yes, transferring genes and cells across generations leads to developing breast cancer.
And why women with a family history need to be vigilant.
With a family history of cancer – awareness of risks, monitoring and avoiding the other known risk factors is crucial.
Edited by AskAwayHealth Team
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