Inherited breast cancer showing up in younger women

September 12, 2011 6:38:20 PM PDT
A new study suggests breast cancer may be showing up earlier in women who have a family history of the illness.

Doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas looked at women who developed breast cancer linked to the genetic mutation BRCA. They found if a woman develops breast cancer, her daughters and nieces may get the disease six to eight years earlier than she did.

Scientists note their a number of other factors, including better screening could be at play.

However, they also note it's important to screen for breast cancer at a younger age, if you have an older relative who developed the illness.