It might be easy to think that having a particular gene, like BRCA2, pretty much means you’ll get cancer.
But it’s not like that at all.
Watch my video to understand two important concepts that will ensure you never again think that your genes are your destiny.
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You could be forgiven for thinking that having a particular kind of gene is a guarantee that you will develop a certain kind of cancer.
Hi, I’m Nikki from ChoosingDifferently.com and today I want to explain to you why your genes are not your destiny.
So back at university when I was studying my Bachelor of Science my absolute, absolute favorite subject was genetics.
I loved the idea that we had this instruction manual, this blueprint if you like, in each of our cells that told them how to develop and what form to take.
But the more I studied the more I realised that it’s not that simple.
There are two concepts I want to explain to you today so that you understand better why your genes are not your destiny.
The first is a concept in genetics of phenotype.
So your genes are described as your genotype, that is the manual, the blueprint that your body has, but the phenotype is the expression or the end result of those genes.
And the formula goes genotype plus environment equals phenotype and what that means is that the environment between the genes and the expression can make a huge difference to that end result, whether it’s the environment of the genes within the cell, the environment around the cells, the environment of tissues and organs, or of your entire body, there is an opportunity there for the environment to change how those genes are expressed and as a result what actually happens in the body and what that end result is that you see.
And that gives you the opportunity to change that environment and influence the expression of those genes.
The other concept that I want to talk about is the fact that having a particular gene is not a guarantee of a particular kind of cancer, but just that it increases your risk of that kind of cancer.
So for example my mother has the BRCA2 gene which increases the risk for breast cancer and there’s a very good chance that I have it and probably at some point I’ll go and get myself tested as well.
But if I had that gene it’s still not a guarantee that I’m going to get a particular kind of cancer.
All it says is that there’s an increase in risk of getting a particular kind of cancer, but there are other things that I can do in my environment that equally decrease my risk of cancer, and if I do enough of those there’s a good chance I can decrease my risk of a particular kind of cancer, or any kind of cancer, by as much if not more than having that particular gene increases my risk.
So keep in mind that having a particular gene doesn’t guarantee you’ll have a certain kind of cancer.
All it does is increase your risk and there are things that you can do to decrease that risk to balance that out.
So keep that in mind, there’s phenotype which is the end result of your genes and that what is in the environment of your cells and your body can greatly influence the expression of those genes and the resulting phenotype.
And, two, that having a particular gene is simply a representation of an increase in risk of a particular kind of cancer, not a guarantee that you’ll get a particular kind of cancer.
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Nikki H Stokes, The Truth Fairy
BSc (Hons) [Genetics], Grad Cert Comp, Prof Cert Astrology, Reiki Prac III, Six Sensory I, Matrix Energetics II