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Link Between Infertility, Low Egg Reserve, and Breast/ovarian Cancer Gene (BRCA1) Suggested

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, December 27, 2009 | 0 comments

Link Between Infertility, Low Egg Reserve, and Breast/ovarian Cancer Gene (BRCA1) SuggestedA New York Medical College physician who specializes in restoring or preserving fertility in female cancer patients has discovered a possible link between the presence of breast cancer genes and infertility.

In a paper published last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and principal investigator on the study, concluded that mutations in the BRCA1 gene, which have been linked with early onset breast cancer, are also associated with an early loss of egg reserves. This finding may help to explain why women who carry a mutated BRCA1 gene have greater rates of infertility as well as a greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer.

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