There's a lot of buzz around the BRCA genes. If you follow what happened with Angelina Jolie-Pitt, you know she helped bring these genes and their mutation to the forefront of cancer conversations. When Dr. Bailey was diagnosed with breast cancer, her gene test revealed she had a mutated BRCA1 gene, which is inherited. Some twenty years ago, these gene mutations were just being discovered and linked with breast cancer.
What is a BRCA gene mutation and why do people with it have higher breast cancer risk?
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we've put together an infographic to really help explain what these mutated genes are and how they can affect you. If you want more information, you can visit FORCE, an organization that helped support Dr. Bailey immensely as she faced her cancer diagnosis and treatments. For more on helping victims battle cancer through FORCE, click here.