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2009-02-16 13:07:52

U.S. cancer researchers say they have identified an area on chromosome 6 that's strongly linked with breast cancer susceptibility in Asian women. The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators led by Dr. Wei Zheng said identification of the genetic locus might help guide efforts to find the specific genes linked with sporadic -- or non-inherited -- forms of the disease. Genetics plays an important role in the disease and some breast cancer susceptibility genes -- such as BRCA1 and BRCA2 --...

2009-01-31 14:55:12

A gene mutation could increase the potential of aggressive tumor development in men suffering from prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Robert Burk of New York's Yeshiva University said his study found that men with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation were facing a greater risk of developing aggressive tumors, The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The targeted gene mutation is most commonly linked to breast cancer. The study, which only involved male test subjects of Ashkenazi...

2009-01-30 09:28:11

 Men who develop prostate cancer face an increased risk of having an aggressive tumor if they carry a so-called breast cancer gene mutation, scientists from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University report in today's issue of Clinical Cancer Research. The findings could help to guide prostate-cancer patients and their physicians in choosing treatment options.The study, involving 979 men with prostate cancer and 1251 men without the disease, looked at whether...

2009-01-13 17:50:35

Prophylactic salpingo-oophorectomy"”removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes--reduces the relative risk of breast cancer by approximately 50 percent and the risk of ovarian and fallopian tube cancer by approximately 80 percent in women who carry a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, researchers report in the January 13 online issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Previous studies have shown substantial reduction in the risks of breast and ovarian or fallopian tube...

2009-01-10 13:46:33

Genetic tests that can detect a person's increased risk of breast, ovarian and prostate cancer are being offered in England, officials said. The Times of London reported Saturday that the genetic screenings are being offered for the first time to individuals without family histories of the diseases. The program, run by the University College London, paves the way for a new approach to preventative medicine and embryo screening by parents. News of the program came as Paul Serhal, medical...

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2008-11-17 13:33:23

A Canadian researcher has found that women with a family history of breast cancer can be at higher risk of the disease even if they are free of the most common breast cancer gene mutations. The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are linked with a particularly aggressive, hereditary form of breast cancer, along with an increased risk of ovarian cancer.  Traditionally, relatives of women with one of these genetic mutations are relieved when they test free of the genes.  However, the BRCA1 and...

2008-10-16 03:00:19

"Pre-vivors" -- women who have both breasts removed to avoid the possibility of getting breast cancer -- are on the rise, a U.S. surgeon says. Valerie Gorman, a breast surgeon on the staff at Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas, credits several scientific advances for the growing number of women she sees in her practice who choose mastectomies rather than risk the odds of becoming "survivors" if they were to contract cancer. "Women today are more educated about their risk factors,...

2008-09-19 12:00:10

AN "exciting" new test for hereditary breast cancer which costs as little as pounds 10 per patient could be available by next year, according to a leading cancer expert. Currently women being tested for cancer-causing mutations in two specific genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2 must undergo expensive full genetic sequencing, which can take up to 18 weeks to complete. A procedure is now being tested which could cut costs and reduce time spent on the process. An estimated 5 to 10% of breast...

2008-09-17 16:51:10

An "exciting" test for hereditary breast cancer which costs as little as pounds 10 could be available by next year, according to a leading cancer expert Women being tested for cancer-causing mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 must undergo expensive full genetic sequencing, which can take up to 18 weeks. A new procedure is being tested which could allow scientists to focus on the two genes, cutting costs and reducing the time spent. The technique makes use of "next generation"...

2008-09-17 09:00:14

By CLAIRE HARRISON A woman who underwent a voluntary double mastectomy after losing her mother and sister to breast cancer today hailed news of a quicker and cheaper test for hereditary forms of the disease as "fantastic". Jan Aitken, from Dundonald, said the test, which could be available by next year and cost as little as Pounds 10 per patient, would save "great heartache and worry" for thousands of women with a similar concerns over family history of breast cancer. The 46-year-old...


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