BRCA: Myth vs. Reality

From the Show: Wellness for Life
Summary: Learn more about common myths surrounding genetic testing for breast cancer.
Air Date: 5/20/16
Duration: 10
Host: Susanne Bennett, DC
Guest Bio: Heather L. Sulzbach, MS, ANP-C, AOCN-P
Healther-Sulzbach croppedHeather L. Sulzbach, recipient of Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s 2005 Nursing Excellence Award in Clinical Practice, is an advanced oncology Nurse Practitioner at NYU Langone Arena Oncology, where she has provided outpatient care for those living with cancer for more than a decade. In this role, she provides ongoing treatment education to patients and families to help them understand their diagnoses and treatment options, and acts as clinical preceptor to new staff and students. Sulzbach also works closely with those living with metastatic breast cancer and their families to provide ongoing disease and symptom management support. Sulzbach also participates in clinical trials as a sub-investigator, grading drug toxicities and adjusting patient doses, as well as ensuring that the studies adhere to good clinical practice guidelines. Sulzbach is also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Nassau Community College.
Dr. Jason Jones has been a practicing Chiropractor and advocate for natural health and healing since 2000. Dr. Jones owns and operates a very successful family oriented private practice in Elizabeth City, NC. In addition he is the host of the very popular podcast, Healthy Families Made Easy, on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud, where he interviews health experts on a regular basis to teach families how to grow healthier together. He loves being active from running half marathons, marathons, obstacles races, martial arts and functional fitness. Dr. Jones also deep passion for nutrition and teaching others to live their very best lives and speaks regularly to groups and organizations to get the message of natural health out to the masses.
BRCA: Myth vs. Reality
People with a family history of breast cancer often seek genetic testing to find out whether they carry mutations on key genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes may increase risk for breast cancer and other diseases.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins.

These proteins help repair damaged DNA and play a role in ensuring the stability of the cell’s genetic material.

When either of these genes is mutated or altered in such a way that its protein product either is not made or does not function correctly, DNA damage may not be repaired properly.

As a result, cells are more likely to develop additional genetic alterations that can lead to cancer.

However, misconceptions about how these mutations are passed down — and about what the tests themselves mean — can get in the way of sound decision-making.

Listen in as Heather Sulzbach, MS, ANP-C, AOCN-P, joins Dr. Susanne to help clear the air about a few common myths concerning BRCA1 and BRCA2.