(WTVM) - There is new research about one of the most feared diseases among women – breast cancer.
Scientists now say they believe a new study shows genetic mutations associated with breast cancer are more common in African-American women than women of other races.
Researchers say mutations of the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes, which can cause breast and ovarian cancers, can be inherited.
The study found more than one-fifth of black women with breast cancer who took part in the research carried BRCA mutations.
"African-American women are more likely to get breast cancer at a young age, meaning less than age 45 than white women. We also know that once a black woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she's more likely to die of that breast cancer than a white woman," says oncologist Jane Churpek.
Doctors say women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer should be offered genetic counseling and may want to consider more frequent screening and prevention options.