Breast Cancer Mutation Makes Women Vulnerable to Early Menopause: Research

Breast Cancer Mutation Makes Women Vulnerable to Early Menopause: Research In a new research, it has been discovered that the mutation in BRCA gene, which increases risk of breast cancer in women, can also make women experience early menopause. Study is still going on and the association of the two is still being deciphered.

One out of every 600 women in U. S. bears this injurious BRCA mutation. Mutations in BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 genes can make women vulnerable to breast cancer. Women carrying this gene can place them at a higher risk for cancers of cervical, uterine, pancreatic and colon. According to the National Cancer Institute, not all women who carry the destructive genetic variation will suffer from breast or ovarian cancer.

The study incorporated women who carried mutations in the BRCA gene in northern California. Researchers then contrasted the beginning of menopause in these women with that of menopause in 765 women without the mutation. The results said that the female carriers of BRCA gene mutation had menopause approximately at an age of 50 whereas the women without mutation had menopause at an age of 53.

The study also says that the rate of early menopause increases if women smoked cigarettes. Ladies who smoked a lot had menopause at the age of 46.

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