Cancer gene mutations may raise odds of early menopause

01/30/2013 | Nurse.com

Women with mutations in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene hit menopause a few years earlier than those without such mutations, according to a study to be published in the journal Cancer. BRCA1/BRCA2 carriers who smoked 20 or more cigarettes daily experienced onset of menopause even sooner, at an average age of 46, researchers said.

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