While BRCA gene mutations were first noted to cause higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer and remain prominently linked to those cancers, research has shown they can trigger a variety of cancers throughout the body, in men and women. There’s not a moment to lose in understanding BRCA mutations. They are a promising area of research for scientists, and understanding the genetic mechanisms of these cancers could help those studying other cancers. More funding is critical.
The BRCA Foundation and the Gray Foundation pledged a combined $3 million to support further study of BRCA-related cancers. The V Foundation’s Wine Celebration “Fund-a-Need” more than matched the contribution. The result is $7.5 million in funding for groundbreaking research of BRCA-related cancers.