Contrary to popular belief – most breast cancer is an “acquired” cancer – the genetic mutation that occurred to cause the cancer happened some time (or a number of mutations) during our life time – they are not hereditary cancers.
Only 5-10% of cancers are thought to be hereditary or “germline” inherited genes. Examples of this are BRCA, PALB2, HBOC… all of which can be discovered through genetic counselling.
The great news: We have a great deal of power in preventing breast cancer.
- 246,660 women and 2,600 men are estimated to be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2016
- 54,000 additional women are estimated to be diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ)
- Mortality… 40,890 women and men are estimated