Tuesday, August 15, 2006
breast cancer: "July 10 (Bloomberg) -- Scientists discovered a genetic change that doubles the risk of breast cancer, a finding that may lead to better treatment of the disease.
Researchers screened 433 patients who had a family history of cancer and a control group of 521 women. A certain damaged gene, carried by about 2 percent of all families, more than doubled the risk for breast cancer by age 70, the scientists said in today's issue of Nature Genetics.
The findings may lead to genetic tests to help determine which women are more susceptible to cancer, or which drugs can help certain patients. "