Short report: Follow ‐up of Bahamian women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation

ConclusionPreventive surgery is an acceptable option for a significant proportion of Bahamian women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation. It will be important to identify and reduce barriers to preventive surgery in the Bahamas in order that the benefit of getting testing can be fully realized. We sought to determine to what extent the knowledge of carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation influences the uptake of preventive surgeries in Bahamian women. Of the 78 mutation carriers, 19 women had a bilateral salpingo‐oophorectomy (24%). Seven out of 37 patients who had unilateral breast cancer chose to remove the unaffected contralateral breast (19%) and three of 13 patients with no history of breast cancer chose to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy (23%).
Source: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: CLINICAL REPORT Source Type: research

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