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Women carrying a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutation have an up to 80% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. It is especially important to understand the experiences of these women, as their lives are permeated with the threat of cancer. This qualitative study examined the experiences of six young women of reproductive age (age < 45 years) who were identified as carriers. The analysis of the semi-structured interviews inspired by grounded theory methodology, showed that participants experienced the same type of uncertainty demonstrated by women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.


J DiMillo, A Samson, A Thériault, S Lowry, L Corsini, S Verma, E Tomiak. Living with the BRCA genetic mutation: an uncertain conclusion to an unending process. Psychology, health & medicine. 2013;18(2):125-34

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PMID: 22670560

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