Breast cancer breakthrough: New genetic markers discovered

SCIENTISTS have discovered dozens of new genetic markers that increase a woman’s breast cancer chances, paving the way for the possibility of more effective screening, better treatments and risk-reduction medications.

Queensland scientist Georgia Chenevix-Trench, one of the leaders of the international collaboration which uncovered the 72 new markers, said that combined with existing knowledge, the research could eventually contribute to a predictive breast cancer test for women.

Providing doctors with a better understanding of breast cancer risk may change the advice they give to individual women about the age they should start mammograms and how often they have them. Read more…

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