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Options for Breast Cancer Survivors With Genetic Mutations

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  • Women who have BRCA mutations are at higher risk of developing breast cancer early in life and, once breast cancer has been diagnosed, developing second cancers.
  • Breast cancer patients who carry the mutation can increase their life expectancy with removal of the unaffected breast, removal of the ovaries, or taking tamoxifen therapy, according to a recent study.
  • Improvements in life expectancy were not as great in women whose cancer had spread to the lymph nodes or who were older.

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