Preventive Surgeries Linked to Lower Risk of Cancer for Women with BRCA1/2 Gene Mutations

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Media Contact:Stephanie Simon | | 215-349-5659 September 1, 2010

Women who have inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) genes have substantially elevated risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer.  A study that will appear in the September 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that women with these inherited mutations who have had a prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

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