UT Health San Antonio research uncovers clues on gene linked to breast cancer
SAN ANTONIO - UT Health San Antonio research uncovered clues as to why BRCA1, a gene, causes breast cancer when faulty.
Dr. Rong Li found a new, previously unrecognized function of BRCA1 that plays a role.
• Women who inherit a faulty copy of the BRCA1 gene have up to a 65 percent chance to develop breast cancer by age 70.
• Women with the faulty BRCA1 gene have up to a 39 percent chance to develop ovarian cancer by age 70.
• Researchers at UT Health San Antonio discovered clues into why, when BRCA is faulty, tumors tend to develop in the breast and ovary.