Breast cancer predisposition syndromes

Deborah Hemel, Susan M. Domchek

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Abstract

A small, but important, percentage of breast cancer cases is caused by the inheritance of a single copy of a mutated gene. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the genes most commonly associated with inherited breast cancer; however, mutations in TP53 and PTEN cause Li-Fraumeni syndrome and Cowden syndrome, respectively, both of which are associated with high lifetime risks of breast cancer. Advances in the field of breast cancer genetics have led to an improved understanding of detection and prevention strategies. More recently, strategies to target the underlying genetic defects in BRCA1- and BRCA2-associated breast and ovarian cancers are emerging and may have implications for certain types of sporadic breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)799-814
Number of pages16
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010

Keywords

  • BRCA1
  • BRCA2
  • Cowden Syndrome
  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome
  • Li Fraumeni Syndrome
  • PTEN
  • TP53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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