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Some Statistics for BRCA1 & BRCA2 Mutations

We've been talking stats a lot (yes, there's also a compulsive gambler gene in the family). Anyway, I thought I'd share what I have from The Cancer Institute of NJ.

If you have not had breast or ovarian cancer:

Condition Mutation
BC by age 50 33 - 50%2%
BC by age 70 56-87% 7%
Ovarian cancer by 70 27-44% <2%
Male BC by age 70 6% .05%

If you have had breast or ovarian cancer:

Condition Mutation
Ovarian Cancer 15%not available
BC after 5 years 27% 3.5%
BC by age 70 64% 11%

Other cancer risks*

Condition Mutation
Prostate Cancer by 80 20%15%
Pancreatic Cancer 2-4% <1%

*They don't have as much information on other cancer risks as they do for breast and ovarian.

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If I am reading this correctly, I just can not understand why that test (the expensive more thorough version) is not covered and automatic for all women with a family history.


Hi Kim,
My name is Evonne and I live in Melbourne Australia. Last year when I was planning a trip to Paris I stumbled upon SlowTravel and I stumbled upon you. I enjoyed reading the 100 things about you. I had a laugh because there were so many that were like me. For instance, I am a nerd and I love my coffee in the morning. Same as you - milk and no sugar. I love Star Trek a fact my children cannot fathom. I have a boy and girl. I am into computers and I hawe been working in IT for 25 years. So since last June I have been reading what you are up to. I hope that does not constitute stalking ): I love reading your recipes.
I just wanted you to know that I perceive you as a strong, funny woman and I know whatever you decide you will get through this. I also wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kim [TypeKey Profile Page]:

Hi Evonne, thanks for getting in touch. It's nice to "meet" you. :)

Girasoli, you got me!

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