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Breast cancer

A cancer that forms in tissues of the breast. Breast cancers occur in both women and men, although male breast cancer is rare.



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BRCA gene does not affect survival in those treated for breast cancer

15 January 2018 - by Hannah Somers

A new study has found that BRCA gene mutations do not affect the survival rates of breast cancer patients under 40... [Read More]

BRCA screening could prevent 1000 cases of breast cancer a year

13 November 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have introduced new criteria to screen for BRCA gene mutations that could prevent more than 10,000 cases of cancer and save more than 2000 lives in the next decade... [Read More]

Twenty-seven genes that suppress cancer discovered

06 November 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists have found 27 new tumour suppressor genes... [Read More]

Seventy-two new gene targets for breast cancer found

30 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Two studies have discovered 72 new genetic variants associated with the risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]

Gene test could improve prediction of breast cancer risk

16 October 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A new genetic test to accurately predict an individual's risk of developing breast cancer will soon be rolled out at two hospital clinics in Manchester... [Read More]

Researchers crack how BRCA1 gene raises cancer risk

09 October 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

A major breakthrough in understanding how mutations in the BRCA1 gene raise cancer risk has been made by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Cancer mutations explored using organoids and CRISPR

18 September 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

Organoids and CRISPR/Cas9 have been combined in a novel method to study genetic mutations occurring in cancer... [Read More]

Liquid DNA biopsies could be used for cancer screening

21 August 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

US researchers have developed a new blood test to detect cancer-related DNA alterations before patients experience symptoms... [Read More]

Lifetime cancer risk predicted for BRCA mutation carriers

26 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz

A study of almost 10,000 women carrying BRCA mutations has revealed the best estimate yet of their risk in developing breast and ovarian cancer... [Read More]

DNA blood test could lead to early cancer detection

12 June 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A highly-sensitive DNA blood test could help detect cancer years before tumours are detected... [Read More]

Ovarian cancer drug could treat BRCA-related breast cancer

12 June 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

A drug treatment for ovarian cancer has shown success against inherited breast cancer... [Read More]

Cancer-causing effect of common chemical pinpointed

05 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

A common chemical found in household products could increase the risk of cancer by blocking the ability of cells to fix genetic flaws which lead to the disease... [Read More]

New approach to tackle breast cancer

24 April 2017 - by Dr James Heather

Researchers have discovered a new approach to slow the rate of breast cancer tumour growth in mice... [Read More]

FDA approves home genetic tests for 10 diseases

10 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetic test to estimate an individual's risk of disease that can be sold directly to consumers... [Read More]

Two-thirds of cancers caused by random mutations

27 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey

A new study has found that up to 66 percent of cancer-causing mutations can be attributed to random mistakes made during DNA replication... [Read More]

Existing drugs could benefit one in five breast cancer patients

20 March 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A genetic study of breast cancer patients suggests that existing drugs for treating rare breast and ovarian cancers may help more patients than previously thought... [Read More]

New genetic links to pancreatic cancer discovered

20 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

Researchers have used whole-genome sequencing to uncover new mutations responsible for a rare type of pancreatic cancer... [Read More]

BRCA testing not offered to enough high-risk patients

13 February 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A study has indicated that US doctors may not be recommending genetic testing to a sufficient number of high-risk breast cancer patients... [Read More]

More women get tested for breast cancer genes thanks to 'Angelina Jolie effect'

19 December 2016 - by Anastassia Bolotkova

Angelina Jolie's 2013 public announcement that she has the BRCA1</i> breast cancer gene led to a 64 percent increase in women seeking genetic testing for breast cancer... [Read More]

Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

31 October 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

The Progress Educational Trust's event on preserving fertility was held in Edinburgh on 25 October... [Read More]

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