I don’t have to imagine this; I
lived this nightmare.
My wife died a horrible death from hereditary cancer. But her cancer and her untimely death could have been prevented.
The graphic is loosely based on my late wife’s family pedigree. In her family, the exact same BRCA2 mutation-- let me repeat that -- EXACT SAME BRCA2 MUTATION is shared among 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and possibly 6th degree (too young to test) blood relatives. That’s a higher degree of separation than is shown on the graphic.
As you can see, it was not just an
individual issue; it was a familial issue. Unfortunately, it was not treated as
such, resulting in a very preventable tragedy.
Read my story about this graphic at CureToday.com
Six Degrees of Separation for Cancer Genetics
Having a genetic mutation that increases your risk of
cancer is not that rare.
About 1 in 279 people have a genetic mutation that puts them at risk of Lynch Syndrome. Colorectal, stomach, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer, are just some of the cancers associated with the mutations linked to the syndrome.
About 1 in 400 people have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation that puts them at risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome.
There are more than 50 other hereditary cancer syndromes.
And the percentage of hereditary cancers may actually be higher than what is often quoted, as a MAYO study demonstrated: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-patients-cancer-harbor-inherited-genetic.html
More hereditary cancer information created by me at: www.MARKiX.net/BRCA2
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