Many people have misconceptions about the role of genes in breast cancer and what a family history of cancer may mean for them.
In this clip, a breast cancer survivor and practicing oncologist explains that genes are only responsible for an elevated risk of breast cancer in about 10 percent of cases. Family history can also be an indicator for higher risk, but most women who develop breast cancer today do not fall into either of these categories. Environmental factors and other physical conditions, particularly obesity, contribute to the relatively high rates of breast cancer in the U.S. today.
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