Young women with breast cancer have the same survival rates regardless of whether they have the BRCA gene mutation, a study suggests. - From BBC News
Young women treated for breast cancer have the same survival rates regardless of whether they have the BRCA gene mutation, a study suggests.
The study of 2,733 British women also found a double mastectomy did not improve survival rates for patients with the mutation 10 years later.
The study, published in The Lancet Oncology, found 12% of 2,733 women aged 18 to 40 treated for breast cancer at 127 hospitals across the UK between 2000 and 2008 had a BRCA mutation.
During this time, 651 of the women died from breast cancer, and those with the BRCA mutation were equally likely to have survived at the two-, five- and 10-year mark as those without the genetic mutation.
The study's author, Professor Diana Eccles, of the University of Southampton, said: "Women diagnosed with early breast cancer who carry a BRCA mutation are often offered double mastectomies soon after their diagnosis or chemotherapy treatment.