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2012-03-29 12:28:39

An international team of researchers led by the University of Melbourne has used new technology to fast track the discovery of a breast cancer risk gene and could assist in the discovery of other cancer genes. Professor Melissa Southey of the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory, Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne, who led the study, said it was a significant discovery and the first breast cancer risk gene to be discovered using the latest genetic sequencing technology....

2012-02-01 23:40:08

UCSF discovery sheds light on how robust exercise may lower the risk of prostate cancer progression Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have identified nearly 200 genes in the healthy prostate tissue of men with low-grade prostate cancer that may help explain how physical activity improves survival from the disease. The study compared the activity of some 20,000 genes in healthy prostate tissue biopsied from several dozen patients. The finding builds on...

2012-02-01 16:11:12

Genome Research (www.genome.org) publishes online and in print today a special issue entitled, "Cancer Genomics," highlighting insights gained form cutting-edge genomic and epigenomic analyses of cancer. Included in this special issue are novel biological insights gained from genomic analyses of pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, and melanoma, including, functional genomic analyses of breast cancer genes, large scale colorectal and breast cancer epigenomics, advances in methodology...

2012-01-25 04:45:31

Among women with invasive epithelial ovarian cancer, patients having a germline (gene change in a reproductive cell that could be passed to offspring) mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes was associated with improved 5-year overall survival, with BRCA2 carriers having the best prognosis, according to a study in the January 25 issue of JAMA. "Germline mutations in the tumor suppressor genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the strongest known genetic risk factors for both breast and epithelial ovarian...

2011-12-20 22:34:55

Women who are at risk for breast cancer may also be at greater risk for heart disease Women who are at risk for breast cancer may also be at greater risk for heart disease, new research has found. The majority of women with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer have a mutated form of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which normally suppress the growth of breast and ovarian tumors. Dr. Subodh Verma, a cardiac surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, said his research team was surprised to discover...

2011-12-12 13:25:40

Women who inherit the cancer genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 from their paternal lineage may get a diagnosis a decade earlier than those women who carry the cancer genes from their mother and her ancestors, according to a new study by researchers at the North Shore-LIJ Health System's Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success, NY. The findings were reported on Thursday, Dec. 8, at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Iuliana Shapira, MD, North director of cancer genetics, and her colleagues conducted...

2011-11-16 07:22:50

An international study describes a fundamental molecular mechanism in the development of breast cell epithelium that is altered in some breast cancer patients About 10% of breast cancers are due to mutations in genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2. However, the molecular mechanism by which alteration of these genes greatly increases the risk of cancer is not fully understood. In a new study, published Nov. 15 in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology, an international team led by Miquel...

2011-11-01 05:57:36

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The largest study of its kind shows that women related to a patient with breast cancer caused by a hereditary mutation, but who don´t have the mutation themselves, have no higher risk of developing cancer than relatives of patients with other types of breast cancer. This contradicts previous research conducted four years ago that said that a familial BRCA mutation in and of itself was a risk factor. "The results are encouraging and reassuring," Allison...

2011-10-26 00:37:54

The study used a quick, accurate genome sequencing method that could become a single test to screen for a broad range of cancers More patients with ovarian carcinoma carry cancer-predisposing mutations, and in more genes, than previously thought. A rapid experimental method for screening genomes has located mutations in 12 genes for inherited cancers of the ovary, fallopian tubes and peritoneum (the thin tissue lining the lower abdomen). More than one-fifth of ovarian cancers arise...

2011-10-12 10:40:04

DNA-damaging platinum drugs work better against them; BRCA1 variations have no effect Women with high-grade ovarian cancer live longer and respond better to platinum-based chemotherapy when their tumors have BRCA2 genetic mutations, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Institute for Systems Biology report in the Oct. 12 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. "BRCA2-mutated tumors are more vulnerable to these DNA-damaging agents,...