Genetic Markers for Breast Cancer Can Also be Passed Down on Father's Side

October 22, 2013

Susan Domchek, MD, executive director of the Basser Research Center for BRCA, is quoted in an article focusing on patterns in inheritance of breast cancer risk genes passed down through the father's side of a family. "Men with these mutations have a 5 to 10 percent risk of developing breast cancer," she said. “In the general population, the risk of breast cancer in men is 0.1 percent. If there is breast cancer in a male relative, "that should be a big red flag" for families to consider genetic testing, Domchek said.

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