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Our aim was to analyze the incidence of mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in 54 families with breast/ovarian cancer. Families were selected from three Institutions following the standard criteria for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. PCR amplification of all exons was performed, followed by SSCP, heteroduplex, PTT and sequencing analysis. We identified eight truncation mutations, three in the BRCA1 gene and five in the BRCA2 gene. Three of these mutations have not been reported previously by other groups: 308insA in one family, 3936 C>T in two families, for BRCA1, and 4970insTG in one family for BRCA2. In addition two families having Ashkenazi Jewish ancestors present the well known mutations 185delAG and 6174delT. Interestingly, 5 out of 11 families have mutations recurrent in Spanish families. Among the 54 families selected, seven have breast and ovary cancer cases, and only two presented a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Other cancers as prostate and stomach are frequent among relatives carrying the mutation. Five cases of very early onset (<31years old) breast cancer were detected. The frequencies of BRCA1 (0.074) and BRCA2 (0.13) mutations in our families is low but similar to the incidence found in other populations, like in Spain. Since is widely known that risk factors that modulate the development of breast cancer such as lifestyle risk factors, geographic location, country of origin and socioeconomic status, besides a familial history of breast cancer our findings suggest that the history of colonization and immigrations is very relevant when studying hereditary factors associated to breast cancer.