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2010-10-29 18:46:19

An international study led by researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has identified genetic variants in women with BRCA2 mutations that may increase or decrease their risk of developing breast cancer. The study was published today online in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. The findings of the study suggest that genetic variants on chromosomes 10 and 20 may modify risk for breast cancer among women with a BRCA2 mutation. Researchers analyzed DNA samples from 6,272 women...

2010-10-28 08:13:51

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- When you go to a new doctor and fill out your family history, beware! Seems paternal history is just as important as maternal history. About 5% of breast and ovarian cancer cases are the result of an inherited genetic predisposition mostly caused by the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. These gene mutations increase the risk of cancers in both men and women. But despite both men and women being equally likely to pass this genetic susceptibility to their children, a father's family...

2010-09-20 18:46:39

An international consortium of scientists has discovered new genetic variants in five regions of the genome that affect the risk of ovarian cancer in the general population, according to two separate studies published today (Sunday), online in Nature Genetics. The consortium, including scientists from the U.S., Europe, Canada and Australia, based the new work on their earlier research comparing 10,283 women with ovarian cancer to 13,185 women without the disease. That effort had found a...

2010-09-08 16:22:00

VANCOUVER, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ - Researchers with the Ovarian Cancer Research Program of BC (OvCaRe) reveal a major new cancer gene-ARID1A. Mutations are frequent in this gene and link two types of ovarian cancer to endometriosis. The research paper, ARID1A Mutations in Endometriosis-Associated Ovarian Carcinomas, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers looked at over 600 samples of ovarian cancer, leading to the conclusion that the ARID1A mutation and loss of...

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 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...

2009-01-10 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...

2008-09-11 12:00:43

Oncologist Allison Kurian, MD, and her colleagues at the Stanford University School of Medicine were perplexed. Computer models designed to identify women who might have dangerous genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast and ovarian cancer worked well for white women. But they seemed to be less reliable for another ethnic group. "We've been repeatedly surprised when Asian women who the models predicted would probably not have the mutations do in fact have them," said Kurian. She...

2008-08-26 15:00:00

During National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we remember those whose lives have been affected by this deadly disease, and we underscore our commitment to battling ovarian cancer for the sake of women around the world. Each year, thousands of American women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Many will lose their lives to this disease. Because ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, it is vital for women to make regular visits to their doctors for screenings and to...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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