Thursday, August 21, 2008

Christina Applegate

Christina Applegate was recently diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 and learned that she carries a BRCA1 mutation. Her family history includes her mother who was diagnosed with early-onset bilateral breast cancer. Ms. Applegate pursued a bilateral mastectomy.

As many of you know, BRCA mutation carriers are at increased risk for a second primary breast cancer, either in the affected or unaffected breast. This lifetime risk ranges from 40-64% and is due to the fact that the BRCA mutation is present in every breast cell. For women who carry a BRCA mutation, bilateral mastectomy significantly reduces the risk of a second primary breast cancer.

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