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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...

2009-12-11 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...

2009-09-03 00:20:06

Exercise lowered breast cancer risk 52 percent of women entering or past menopause, Canadian researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, reinforced the correlation between breast cancer and being overweight or a smoker. The study looked at 280 women with breast cancer and 280 women without cancer. All were direct ancestors of first French colonists who did not carry BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes predisposing women to breast cancer. The study found weight-gain risk...

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...

2009-08-06 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...

2009-08-06 10:16:55

Many women at high risk for breast or ovarian cancer are choosing to undergo surgery as a precautionary measure to decrease their cancer risk, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research."Women have their breasts or ovaries removed based on their risk. It does not always happen immediately after counseling or a genetic test result and can take more than seven years for patients to decide to go forward...

2009-05-13 11:26:15

Patenting pure genes linked to diseases is unconstitutional and slows down research progress, civil liberties advocates claim. American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero says constitutional rights to knowledge about the human body and to make pertinent healthcare decisions are at stake when private companies are allowed to hold patents on genes found responsible for diseases, CNN reported Wednesday. The ACLU and Yeshiva University's law school filed suit in U.S. District...

2009-05-12 18:47:00

BETHESDA, Md., May 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) has joined the Association for Molecular Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology in a lawsuit filed today charging that patents on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer interfere with diagnostic testing, stifle research and limit women's options regarding their health care. The lawsuit challenges patents on the BRCA1 and...


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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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