The Role of Genetics

A family history of breast cancer increases risk.

A genetic counselor will let you know whether increased cancer screening or cancer risk-reducing options are appropriate for your family. Your genes can even help determine what type of treatment may be best for you.


Your body is made up of many cells all of which contain genes. This genetic code determines traits, such as eye color, height, blood type and more. Alterations to this genetic code are called mutations. When a mutation is inherited from parents, it can increase the risk of diseases, like cancer, in their children. In about five (5)% to 10% of breast cancers, these mutations are the cause.

Louisiana's Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network

Young women with breast cancer face unique issues. And in the South, there are more young women overall facing breast cancer. In Louisiana, young African-American women are significantly more likely to suffer from breast cancer.

That is why SurviveDAT is here. Part of the Gulf States Young Breast Cancer Survivor Network, SurviveDAT's mission is to help improve the quality of life for young breast cancer survivors, as well as their family and friends, by providing continuing resources and support.

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