Contact Us

Genetic Mutations Can Increase Risk Of Contracting Cancer [AUDIO]

David McNew, Getty Images

On Wednesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, Damini Dasai from the Joe Arrington Cancer Center talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about how genetics can actually increase the odds of cancer.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that normally serve to suppress tumors and help protect the body against cancer. But in some people, the BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 genes are mutated, resulting in a greatly increased risk for cancer, particularly breast cancer.

Dasai said the risk of contracting cancer with the mutation is increased as much as 78%, and that both men and women can inherit these mutations. However, she added that the mutation only affects less than 1% of the population, and that having the mutation does not automatically mean you’ll get cancer, only that you’re at a higher risk for it.

Early detection of the gene is vital to increasing a person’s odds of fighting cancer. Dasai explained that the testing is very non-intrusive, requiring nothing more than blood draw or a mouth swab. In addition, she added that although the test itself can cost around $4,000, most insurance companies will cover the cost up to at least 80%.

For more information on genetic testing and counseling, call the Joe Arrington Cancer Center at 806-725-5101 to set up an appointment, or visit their website at covenanthealth.org.

Be sure and tune in to Lubbock’s First News with Tom Collins and Laura Mac weekdays from 6 AM to 8:30 AM on NewsTalk 790 KFYO and online at KFYO.com.

More From KFYO

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kfyo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!