HER2-positive breast cancer, sometimes called HER2-amplified breast cancer, gets its name from the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2info-icon geneinfo-icon, or HER2. It is sometimes called HER2/neuinfo-icon. Between 15 and 20 percent of breast cancers are HER2-positive.
Both the HER2 gene and the HER2 proteininfo-icon are part of normal cellinfo-icon growth. They are seen in the breast cells of people who do not have cancer. But sometimes mutations, mistakes in a cell’s DNA, cause the body to make too many HER2 proteins. This can cause breast cells to grow faster than normal, which can lead to breast cancer.
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