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BCNA News 17 Jan 2018

New study shows BRCA carriers have same survival rates as non-carriers

A new study has found that young women with breast cancer who have a BRCA gene mutation have the same overall survival rates as young women who do not have a BRCA mutation.

The British study of 2,733 women aged between 18 and 40 who had been diagnosed with breast cancer between 2000 and 2008 found that 97 per cent of BRCA carriers were alive two years after their diagnosis, compared with 96.6 per cent of young women who did not carry a BRCA mutation.

At five years, survival was 83.8 per cent for BRCA carriers compared with 85 per cent for non-carriers.

At ten years, it was 73.4 per cent (BRCA carriers) compared with 70.1 per cent (non-carriers).

This means that people who are BRCA carriers have a similar chance for long term survival as those who are not BRCA carriers.

Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sydney, and BCNA Board Member, Professor Fran Boyle told Fairfax Media that it was not uncommon for young women diagnosed with a BRCA-related breast cancer to feel pressured to act quickly. She said this study shows that women can take some time to get as much information as they can before making decisions about treatment options.

If you have a strong family history of breast cancer and want to find out more please call the BCNA Helpline on 1800 500 258 or talk to your GP.

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