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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...

2007-09-10 06:00:08

Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN) announced today that it has launched a comprehensive public awareness advertising campaign -- known as the BRACAnalysis(R) Awareness Campaign -- designed to reach women with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer, and the healthcare providers that treat them. It is estimated that there are more than a million people in the United States with inherited genetic mutations predisposing them to an increased risk of cancer. It is estimated that fewer...

2006-06-26 18:24:30

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - X-rays may greatly raise the risk of breast cancer in women who are genetically susceptible to the disease, researchers reported on Monday. A study of women with genetic mutations known to cause breast cancer showed that having a chest X-ray could double or even triple that risk. The findings are not clear-cut and not clear what kind of chest X-rays pose the greater risk, said Dr. David Goldgar of the University...

2006-06-26 18:20:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - X-rays may greatly raise the risk of breast cancer in women who are genetically susceptible to the disease, researchers reported on Monday. A study of women with genetic mutations known to cause breast cancer showed that having a chest X-ray could double or even triple that risk. The findings are not clear-cut and not clear what kind of chest X-rays pose the greater risk, said Dr. David Goldgar of the University of Utah...

2006-06-19 19:26:24

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers have found another breast cancer gene that can greatly raise the risk of the disease in women of European heritage, according to a report published on Monday. They said the gene worked in tandem with the well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes to raise the risk of breast cancer by as much as 80 percent. The team, at Iceland's Decode Genetics, said their findings suggest women with certain mutations in two of...

2006-05-23 17:10:58

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Detecting breast cancer with sensitive magnetic resonance imaging is expensive but worth it for women who carry a gene mutation that puts them at higher risk for the disease, a study said on Tuesday. Though rare, the inherited BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations increase a woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer by as much as 80 percent. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) costs 10 times more than mammography but is capable of detecting hard-to-find tumors, such as...

2006-05-23 17:10:00

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Detecting breast cancer with sensitive magnetic resonance imaging is expensive but worth it for women who carry a gene mutation that puts them at higher risk for the disease, a study said on Tuesday. Though rare, the inherited BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic mutations increase a woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer by as much as 80 percent. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) costs 10 times more than mammography but is capable of detecting hard-to-find tumors, such as those under...

2006-04-27 07:38:47

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Prior pregnancy is associated with a reduced the risk of breast cancer in women older than 40 years who are carriers of BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations -- which are known to increase the likelihood of developing the disease -- according to a report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Previous studies have shown an association between a reduced risk of breast cancer and prior pregnancy, young age at first childbirth, and breastfeeding in the general...

2006-03-22 14:55:00

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Commercial genetic testing does not detect all of the cancer-associated inherited mutations in women with an extensive family history of breast or ovarian cancer, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "Women who were familial breast cancer patients were being commercially tested for inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2, and a very large number had reports returned that said they had negative results," Dr....


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