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BRCA Status Does Not Seem to Affect Survival Outcomes in Young Women With Early Breast Cancer

Young women who carry the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 mutation and develop breast cancer seem to have similar survival compared with young women who have BRCA-negative breast cancer. However, women with BRCA-positive triple-negative breast cancer have an 11% survival advantage compared with those with BRCA-negative breast cancer, according to the results of a study presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The study showed that patients with BRCA-positive breast cancer may safely delay bilateral mastectomy, since an immediate bilateral mastectomy within the first year of diagnosis did not affect survival.

 The ASCO Post

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