Diseases and Illnesses

Panel on BRCA genes in La Jolla explains cancer risks

Panel on BRCA genes in La Jolla explains cancer risks

When 27-year-old San Diego resident Sarah Abelsohn was six months old, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. For more than two decades, her mother battled the cancer; she watched it disappear and then return, had a single and then double mastectomy, and ultimately, she succumbed to the disease six years ago.

Abelsohn’s mother’s cancer came from a mutation in one of her BRCA genes, a term thrust into the public spotlight when actress Angelina Jolie announced she carried a mutation in the BRCA 1 gene and had undergone a preventative double mastectomy, followed by removal of her ovaries two years later, to decrease her risk of developing breast cancer.

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