"Cancer is a Genetic Disease/Disorder" (tonight's topic)
Chronic myeloid leukemia accounts for 0.5% of all cancer cases and 0.2% of all cancer deaths.
Germline mutations and Somatic mutations
Now a segue into BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
These mutations are "relatively rare in the general population" but convey a high risk of cancer
She's said pancreatic cancer several times.
This was a REAL barrier. Now we have HIPPA (privacy protected).
You did not choose your genes - so genetic discrimination should not be how we manage medicine.
How to identify cancers that will kill you.
Chart shows that MRI is more successful than mammogram for BRCA-high-risk women.
BUT (I am arguing here) ... most cancers still do not have distinct genetic mutation.
A: There are times when it's not useful to know (example babies with holes in heart). The question is - when should a woman know? Risk goes up in 30s and 40s. Maybe wait until you have children.
Does a genetic mutation "make you sick"?
How will individuals use that information?