THE FUTURE OF BRCA
The V Foundation is committed to putting an end to BRCA related cancers!
This initiative, starting with a donation from the Goldberg Family Foundation, will accelerate research and foster collaboration in order to prevent and cure cancers caused by BRCA gene mutations. The goal is to raise $5 million over five years to fund researchers with new and innovative ideas on how to precent, treat and cure BRCA-related cancers.
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BRCA 1 and 2 genes are tumor suppressor genes, and we all have them. When working properly, they control the way cells grow in certain tissues in the body. However, when mutated, they can increase the possibility for certain types of cancer to arise. While BRCA gene mutations were first noted to cause higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer and remain prominently linked to those cancers, research has shown they can trigger a variety of cancers throughout the body, in men and women.
Learn more about BRCA from the Basser Center, the first comprehensive center for research, treatment and prevention of BRCA-related cancers.
BRCA mutations can affect both men and women and be passed down by either parent. They can increase lifetime risk for cancers including breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate and melanoma. In fact, BRCA mutations give an increased risk of lifetime cancer of up to 75% for breast, up to 50% for ovarian and up to 25% for prostate.
Watch the video below to learn more about BRCA.