Cancer and Heredity By: Koy Marquardt

What are Genes and DNA.

In other words you are made from both your mother and fathers DNA. They give you traits from themselves and they make who you are. Some of these traits are: Height, Skin color, Immune System capabilities, and susceptibility to some diseases.

Are some Cancers genetic or able to be passed on from someone else?

Cancers are not able to be passed onto from genes. However, you can be more likely to get cancer from genes. For example you cannot be born with breast cancer, but you can be born with a genetic trait to be susceptible to breast cancer.

A family can have some cancers in their genes.

What are some specific cancer genes?

The genetic protein of BRCA1 and BRCA2 can cause cancers in females such as Ovarian and Breast cancer. Men are more able to get breast cancer as well if they have the genes. These two are the most common ways of getting cancer from your genetics as if one of your parents has BRCA1 or BRCA2 you have a 50% chance of having it also.

Another gene that causes some cancers is BRAF a gene that makes you able to get skin cancers like melanoma easily. Not every person has BRAF and it only is passed down from your parents. People are making BRAF resistant drugs to fight back against the cancers it brings.


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