Big, Bad, Genes

What’s the deal with those genes?

Research shows the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes may not be the only ones to blame in early breast cancer diagnoses. In fact, research now shows the PALB2 gene is not only capable of the same breast cancer-causing mutations, but it is one of the most danger genes of this type.

Women with a PALB2 mutation are 14% more likely to develop breast cancer by age 50 and 35% more likely to develop breast cancer by age 70.

 

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Negative isn’t ALWAYS a good test result to have…Save the Ta-Ta’s!

Today, March 3, is Triple Negative Breast Cancer Day!

So what is Triple Negative Breast Cancer?

Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a type of breast cancer that lacks certain markers or receptors that “feed’ the cancer. These receptors are for estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor 2 (HER2) hormone receptors. It is called Triple Negative because all three (3) of these receptors are missing.

Why is Triple Negative Breast Cancer so serious?

Because Triple Negative Breast Cancer has fewer treatment options, it is typically harder to treat. It is also a more aggressive type of cancer and has a high recurrence rate. This is why it is important to get your screenings regularly to make sure you catch any abnormalities early on.

How is Triple Negative Breast Cancer treated?

Other types of breast cancers have the receptors that make treatment a little easier. There are so many more treatment options available to breast cancers that have the hormone receptors. However, Triple Negative Breast Cancer responds to chemotherapy the best. Many cancer specialists will also use radiation therapy before or during chemotherapy to kill the surrounding cancer cells on contact. 

What can YOU do?

  • Learn/Know your family history – Find out information about any cancer diagnoses in your family. This is important information that will help you along the way.
  • Get your screenings done ON TIME – When you turn 40, it is time to get your mammogram! If you have a family history of breast cancer, work with your physician to determine the appropriate age for screenings. Additionally, perform your monthly self-breast exam regularly.
  • Educate your friends and family on Triple Negative Breast Cancer. It is impossible to find a cure without knowledge and awareness. Take five (5) minutes out of your day to ask your friend if she performed her monthly self-breast exam this month. This is not being “nosy”…This can potentially save her life.
  • Donate to a reputable cause that is dedicated toward finding a cure for Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Organizations that focus on all breast cancer are great but Triple Negative Breast Cancer is a completely different type of monster story and deserves specialized attention.The Erica J. Holloman Foundation, Inc. and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation are two (2) great organizations that focus exclusively on Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Visit these links today for more information on Triple Negative Breast Cancer!

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