Doctors opine that millions of cancer cases can be prevented -and thousands of lives saved- if all women are tested for BRCA Gene Mutation.
It is a well known fact that actress Angelina Jolie underwent multiple surgeries to subvert her chances of contracting cancer owing to BRCA gene mutation.
Women are often counselled to get themselves screened if carcinoma runs in their genealogy.
Researchers however opine that all women aged thirty and above -irrespective of their family health histories- should be tested.
This single move will help prevent more than sixty-four thousand cases of breast carcinoma, over seventeen thousand cases of carcinoma of the ovaries and avert more than twelve thousand deaths in the United Kingdom alone!
Timely diagnosis of the unsound gene can help monitor those with considerable risk and thereby detect early signs of carcinoma. Besides, women can also opt for inhibitory surgeries.
Besides, screening will have its pecuniary benefits for health-care providers as well.
Notwithstanding its benefits, the major challenge is to bring it about in an effective way. Testing millions of is not likely to be an easy task!
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are two genes that are very prone to changes and any alteration in there inhibits the restoration of damaged DNA in humans, which, in turn, can intensify the possibility of developing carcinoma.
For instance, a normal woman has a two percent possibility of being affected by ovarian carcinoma as opposed to those with BRCA fluctuations who are up to sixty percent likely to contract it.
Similarly, whereas there’s 12.5 percent probability for a normal woman to contract carcinoma of the breasts, the likelihood for those with changeable BRCA structures rises by up to ninety percent!
practitioners are hailing the breakthrough in BRCA research as a giant
leap towards female preventive healthcare.
as it all sounds, there’s still a long way to go.
Based on materials: bbc.com