African-American Women's Breast Cancer Risk

African-American Women's Breast Cancer Risk

Susan Domchek Discusses BRCA Gene Patterns Report

Responding to new study findings from Florida that African-American women are more likely to have the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations associated with breast cancer, LDI Senior Fellow Susan Domchek told the Philadlephia Inquirer that her own research suggested the same pattern.

Domchek, MD, is Executive Director of Penn's Basser Research Center for BRCA within the Abramson Cancer Center at the Perelman School of Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Perelman.

The Inquirer article was focused on a new study by the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa that was the largest of its kind ever done among young African American breast cancer survivors.

While both Moffit researchers and Domchek believe the pattern to be true, both advised the Inquirer that there still could be a sampling skew in these kinds of studies.

"Studies show that the people more likely to come on these studies are people more likely to be worried about genetic risk," Domchek told the Inquirer.