Rare genes increase breast cancer risk

Most women know about the BRCA 1 and 2 gene mutations and how they significantly increase a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer.

But they probably haven’t heard of the rare genes PALB2 and ATM, which pose a similar risk – according to new research.

A large global study led by researchers at the University of Melbourne and Cancer Council Victoria has confirmed these genes increase the risk of breast cancer.

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