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BRCA mutation does not lessen breast cancer survival rate

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer and who carry an inherited BRCA gene mutation have the same chance of survival after treatment as women without the mutation, researchers say

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer and who carry an inherited gene mutation have the same chance of survival after treatment as women without the mutation, researchers say.

BRCA mutations occur in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene and are inherited. They put women at a greater risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

Researchers led by the University of Southampton recruited 2,733 young women with breast cancer between 2000 and 2008.

Their medical records were tracked for an average of 8.2 years to check their diagnosis, treatment, whether their cancer came back or if they died.

During this time there were

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