Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gene test 'to predict breast cancer'

A genetic test could help predict breast cancer many years before the disease is diagnosed, experts hope.


The scientists from Imperial College London analysed blood samples from 1,380 women of various ages, 640 of whom went on to develop breast cancer. Ultimately the findings, in the journal Cancer Research, could lead to a simple blood test to screen women, they say.
The test looks for how genes are altered by environmental factors like alcohol and hormones - a process known as epigenetics.

One in five women is thought to have such a genetic "switch" that doubles breast cancer risk.
Read details: BBC News

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