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The BRCA genes function to keep breast cells growing normally and to prevent cancer-cell growth.

Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene makes someone susceptible to developing breast and/or ovarian cancer at some point in their life. Mutations in these genes can be passed from either parent to their children.

  • The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is as high as 84% for women who have inherited a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
  • The lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is as high as 60% for women who carry a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation.

A blood test can determine if someone carries a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation and empower him or her to make informed decision about risk reducing mastectomy. Immediate breast reconstruction is offered to all woman undergoing risk reducing mastectomy. A number of reconstructive options are available in order to provide the most individualized approach.

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The aim of BRA Foundation (formerly known as the Didyma Foundation) is to share the best and most current information for cancer patients facing breast reconstruction.