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|7/5/2011||With brac 2-what is the increased risk of melanoma and pancreatic cancer with this gene as opposed to the general population-thanks|
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|7/6/2011||Good question. However, no simple answer, as much more goes into the possible development of either melanona and/or pancreatic ca, in lieu of the BRCA 2 mutation. Each individual has risk factors that may increases a person's risk of developing cancer. Having a particular genetic mutation linked to pancreatic cancer does not mean that a person will develop cancer. Controllable risk factors, such as eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, limiting alcoholic beverages, and avoiding tobacco products also play a role. Smoking is the biggest controllable risk factor for pancreatic cancer. Avoiding prolonged, unprotected sun exposure decreases risk factor for developing melanoma. Research continues to help doctors better understand the risk between genetic mutations and cancers. Best wishes!|
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