UT Health San Antonio research uncovers clues on gene linked to breast cancer

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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.

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