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A woman's chance for breast cancer or ovarian cancer increases if she tests positive for a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. According to BreastCancer.org, most inherited cases of breast cancer have been associated with BRCA1, which stands for BReast CAncer gene one, and BRCA2, or BReast CAncer gene two. A blood test is available to do genetic testing to determine whether there is abnormality in these genes. However, a mutation does not mean that a person will definitely be diagnosed with breast cancer at a later date; it just means she is at a higher risk. Other gene and environmental factors can contribute to a breast cancer diagnosis.
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