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

Maurie Markman, MD; Stefania Morganti, MD


March 06, 2023

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed life-threatening cancer 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 are more frequently associated with hereditary breast cancer. Patients with either of these mutations have an approximately 70% risk for breast cancer by the age of 80.

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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