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What are risky genes?

Risky genes = HBOC syndrome

HBOC (hereditary breast and ovarian cancer) syndrome is when the presence of one or more inherited gene mutations results in a high risk of certain types of cancer in carriers, primarily breast and ovarian   It also causes prostate and to a lesser degree some other types of cancer, depending on the mutation carried.

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Discovery

The first ‘risky genes’ that cause breast cancer were discovered in the mid-nineties and were named BR(east)CA(ncer)1 and BRCA2.  Since then, more types of cancer were found to be involved and more genes have been, and will continue to be, discovered that also fall under HBOC syndrome.

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How common are risky genes?

Risky genes are much more common than most people realize. Although often downplayed in the media, the larger cancer organizations and our medical communities, based on  conservative statistics well over 1 million Canadians are estimated to carry risky genes.  Of those, a staggering 80% are not yet aware they are affected.

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What should I look for?

Risky genes may be found in anyone, but are more likely in persons with a certain family history or ethnic background.  Risky genes are known to cause breast, ovarian, prostate and in some cases other types of cancer including, but not limited to, of the skin, pancreas and colon. Look for incidences of those cancers in the same side of your family along with other red flags.

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How do I test for risky genes?

Discuss your family history with your doctor. If you fulfill the criteria for government-insured testing they can refer you.  If you don’t fulfill the crtieria but want to be tested anyway, there are affordable private clinic and online options.

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