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New Recommendations for BRCA Carriers

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Dr. Edward Richards Dr. Edward Richards

BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 are human genes, who's function is make protein to correct abnormal DNA, which then prevents the formation of cancer.

A new study says women with BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 genes can cut their risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer by at least 80% if they get their ovaries removed by age 35.

Dr. Edward Richards with the Lewis Cancer Pavilion at St. Joseph's/ Candler says the study is significant.

"Because it does in fact not only show a reduction in the onset of ovarian and fallopian tube cancers. It also reduces the overall death rate. That's what makes me a little more excited about these findings as opposed to previous findings," says Dr. Richards

He adds that the study will alter how he counsels his patients.

"If you're found to have a mutation you can remove the breast and you can also remove the ovaries and fallopian tube...I think this study is one that has to give heavy consideration to trying to have the ovaries removed as close to 35 as possible," says Dr. Richards.

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