Do I risk passing on this disease to my child if I get pregnant?
80% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history. There are, however, two gene mutations, (BRCA1 and BRCA2) that put women at a high risk for breast cancer. A woman with the BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation, with a partner who does not, has a 50% chance of passing this gene onto her children. Only 10% of women with breast cancer have these gene mutations, but it is believed that the mutation is more common in women diagnosed at a young age. If you have concerns about the possibility of passing on a genetic risk of breast cancer, make an appointment to speak to a genetic counselor. More information on this subject can be found in the Genetic Testing section of the FAQs.