Breast cancer risk can be seen years before it develops

Researchers discover association between risk of the disease and a molecular change in a particular white blood cell geneThe possibility of developing a simple blood test to help identify women most at risk from breast cancer has been raised after researchers discovered a strong association between risk of the disease and a molecular change in a particular white blood cell gene.Scientists funded by the Breast Cancer Campaign analysed blood samples from 1,380 women of various ages, 640 of whom went on to develop breast cancer.They found a strong association between molecular modification of a white blood cell gene called ATM and breast cancer risk.The scientists looked for evidence of a chemical effect called methylation, which "switches" genes on and off.Women showing the highest methylation levels affecting the ATM gene were twice as likely to develop breast cancer as those with the lowest levels.On average, the blood tests were carried out three years before diagnosis. In some cases they pre-dated the disco

Breast cancer risk can be seen years before it develops

A person’s risk of breast cancer could be decided many years before it develops, according to a new study.

Wed 2 May 12 from Medical Xpress

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Gene test predicts breast cancer

A genetic test could help predict breast cancer many years and even decades before the disease is diagnosed, research suggests.

Tue 1 May 12 from BBC News

Blood test could detect breast cancer risk

Researchers discover association between risk of the disease and a molecular change in a particular white blood cell geneThe possibility of developing a simple blood test to help identify women ...

Mon 30 Apr 12 from Guardian.co.uk

Can Blood Test Predict Breast Cancer Risk?

TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) — A blood test that spots changes in a specific gene could reveal a woman’s risk for breast cancer years before the disease has a chance to develop, ...

Wed 2 May 12 from Health News

Blood Test Could Help Predict Breast Cancer

Image Credit: Photos.com --- Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A new study finds that breast cancer can possibly be predicted with a genetic test, years before the cancer develops. It would be in ...

Wed 2 May 12 from RedOrbit

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