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Breast, Ovarian Cancer Research Advancing

According to a study published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, identifying women more likely to carry genetic mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancers may now be easier to do. “This study will assist physicians in determining which patients are at highest risk for having a .. mutation and will help those women and their family members to seek care that may save lives,” said Donna Shattuck-Eidens of Myriad Genetics. Her research, in collaboration with 20 international institutions, created a model to identify at-risk women, which looks at factors such as family history, age and ethnicity to predict the presence of the gene BRCA1. When mutated and inherited, BRCA1 and 2 cause between 5-10% of breast cancers.

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Reuters - October 14, 1997

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