News – New exemption for mutations in risk genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 – News

In order for cancer to be detected and treated as early as possible, people with the corresponding genetic predisposition are carefully monitored. In the future, they will be exempt from ticket costs.

– Carriers of rare BRCA1 or BRCA2gene mutations may in the future all outpatient diagnostic and specialized services included free of charge in the monitoring protocol for the early detection of various forms of cancer. and ticket exemption It is valid from 1 January 2023 according to the decision of the state government on 22 November.

Die Gene BRCA1 and BRCA2 they play an important role in repairing cell damage and thus contribute to development Cancer to prevent. In turn, BRCA gene mutation carriers have an increased risk of developing certain forms of cancer, some of which are particularly aggressive. So women generally have a 12 percent risk of getting it breast cancer get the disease, for women with BRCA gene mutations it is 45-72 percent. There is also an increased risk for other forms of cancer, such as ovarian cancer, fallopian tube cancer, peritoneal cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer and melanoma.

A mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene is very rare. in South Tyrol Currently, 174 patients are affected by one of the two gene mutations. A specific monitoring protocol applies to them, which ensures certain preventive services and visits at regular and narrow intervals. This is to be added to the good forecast in case of illness, they also help to reduce the fear of illness and thus psychological stress.

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