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2010-09-01 08:43:08

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A recent study underscores the importance of genetic counseling and testing for women with family history of breast or ovarian cancer.  Research shows women with the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes live longer and virtually eliminate their risk of cancer by having prophylactic surgeries to remove their ovaries and fallopian tubes or their breast in a mastectomy. "This is the first study to prove women survive longer with these preventative surgeries and shows the importance...

2010-05-13 10:00:00

LANSDALE, Pa., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing has been released by Hayes, Inc. This comprehensive resource is designed to equip physicians and other healthcare professionals who are not trained in genetics with independent, evidence-based information to help them understand the complexities of BRCA1/2 gene testing. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. Women who...

2009-12-23 16:54:52

Genome rearrangements in 24 breast cancers The first detailed search of breast cancer genomes to uncover genomic rearrangements is published today. The team characterized the ways in which the human genome is broken and put back together in 24 cases of breast cancer. Rearrangements involve reshuffling and reorganization of the genome and include deletions, duplications and novel juxtaposition of DNA sequences. The study shows that breast cancer samples can differ greatly in the extent to...

2009-12-19 00:15:25

New findings may help explain why women who carry a mutated BRCA1 gene have greater rates of infertility as well as a greater risk for breast and ovarian cancer A New York Medical College physician who specializes in restoring or preserving fertility in female cancer patients has discovered a possible link between the presence of breast cancer genes and infertility. In a paper published last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology...

2009-12-11 09:46:00

Westchester Medical Center Physician and Fertility Preservation Expert leads study examining the association of breast cancer genes, breast cancer and infertility VALHALLA, N.Y., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a study published online this week in the leading cancer journal, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Westchester Medical Center Physician Dr. Kutluk Oktay, MD, Director, Division of Reproductive Medicine & Infertility concluded that mutations in the BRCA1 gene (gene associated...

2009-09-22 07:41:15

Women with mutations in either their BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have a dramatically increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Identifying such women provides them with an opportunity to take preventive measures such as surgery to remove their breasts. One caveat to identifying such women by simply sequencing their BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and detecting mutations is that not all mutations are harmful. However, Shyam Sharan and colleagues, at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick, have...

2009-09-14 08:00:00

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Myriad Genetics, Inc. (Nasdaq: MYGN) announced today that it has launched a hereditary breast and ovarian cancer Public Awareness Campaign in five Midwest states, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. The initiative is a comprehensive effort designed to reach women with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancers and the healthcare providers that treat them. According to the American Cancer Society, more than...

2009-09-01 13:25:55

A recent study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology has reinforced the correlation between being overweight, smoking and breast cancer. What makes this study unique is how test subjects were not diagnosed for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which predispose women to breast cancer.Instead, women with such gene mutations were excluded to allow researchers to concentrate on lifestyle factors such as smoking, exercise, nutrition and weight. All women analyzed in the study were direct...

2009-09-01 08:36:46

A new genetic marker associated with ovarian cancer risk was recently discovered by an international research group, led by scientists from the Cancer Research Genetic Epidemiology Unit in the United Kingdom. Drs. Marc Goodman, Galina Lurie, Michael Carney, and Keith Terada of the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i participated in the validation of the discovered genetic marker as a part of the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium, a...

2009-08-06 12:58:27

Forty percent of women who have a high risk of breast cancer had risk-reducing mastectomies and 45 percent had ovaries removed, British researchers said. These surgeries are widely used by carriers of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to reduce the risk for breast and ovarian cancer. BRCA1 and BRCA2 are gene mutations that indicate an increased risk for breast cancer. Women have their breasts or ovaries removed based on their risk. It does not always happen immediately after counseling or a...