May 16, 2018
by Judy Manelis
Discovery of a BRCA gene mutation, which often leads among women to breast cancer, suggests prophylactic mastectomies. At the very least, they suggest aggressive oversight and vigilance with annual breast MRIs starting at age 25, and annual mammograms starting at age 30.
In the case of ovarian cancer, the risks are even greater, since there are few, if any, overt symptoms of ovarian cancer and no effective screening for the disease at present. A late diagnosis is the norm rather than the exception. Moreover, the time of diagnosis can be the difference between life and death.