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Scientists discover five genetic links to breast cancer

05-10-2010 14:56 BJT

BEIJING, May 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Cambridge scientists have identified five genetic clues to explain why some women have a family history of breast cancer, according to news reports on Monday.

The research led by Douglas Easton in Cambridge University in Britain scanning the gene maps of more than 16,000 patients suggested women who are targeted screening and treatment are more likely to get breast cancer.

The results, which found five new gene variations, suggested that 5 percent of all breast cancer patients are down to inherit faults in known genes. However, the precise cause of the disease are still not known.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. It kills around half a million people worldwide each year. Having a close relative with breast cancer nearly doubles a woman's risk for it.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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