Simply avoid Breast Cancer

This can significantly lower the chances of Breast Cancer in women

Am I going to die? – she would whisper to me“.

My friend recounts those days when her mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer- “Mumma was grossly undertreated the first two times. Trust me, it is one of the most mind numbing, eye-opening and fear-conjuring experiences one can have. I have been a live spectator of that.”

Why do people ignore cancer risks until it’s too late? Why don’t we realize that medical organizations are no less prone to human errors than a software agency? Isn’t it our fundamental responsibility to keep a track of our and our family’s health from early on, especially when cancer cases are on a rise?

Ignorance is not always bliss- sometimes it’s a huge risk.

My friend’s case was a trigger enough to get me intrigued. With the help of Anuja Kulkarni, the genetics expert at, I collated a few facts on breast cancer cases In India:

  1. Prevalence of BRCA (BReast CAncer) gene mutations in the Indian population is at least three times higher than in the western world.
  2. 72% of the first degree relatives (parents, children, siblings) of cancer patients who underwent testing were found to be positive for the same mutation responsible for cancer in the family.
  3. We have seen Breast Cancer patients as young as 20 years of age. If a genomic profiling is done on these patients, we can understand if their cancer is hereditary, and advise other family members to be tested.
  4. 20 percent of BRCA-positive Breast and Ovarian cancer patients displayed no family history of cancer. This means, that if a patient undergoes genetic testing on the basis of family history alone, diagnoses will be missed in 1 among 5 individuals
  5. 1 in every 28 Indian women is likely to develop breast cancer during her lifetime, and 1 in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer succumbs to the disease
  6. Genetic testing gives people the chance to learn if their breast cancer or their family history of breast cancer is due to an inherited gene mutation. The second most important advantage of genetic testing is its ability to enable physicians to personalize the treatment from patient to patient and assess the chances of cancer relapse.

Simple solutions often avert big problems. Genetic testing at is a service for easy detection of chances of cancers and other diseases. Anyone who is health-conscious can get their genes tested for their and their family’s long term health.

We call it KYD – Know Your DNA.

I envision a future where everyone will be well equipped with information about their current and future health on their finger tips. That happens when we begin to actively track our and our family’s health well in advance.


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