New study finds gene that can increase risk of breast cancer
Aug 30, 2011
A new study in Poland discovered a gene mutation that could increase the chances of a woman becoming afflicted with breast cancer, according to Fox News.
The findings from the study explained that if the gene CHEK2 mutation was found in a woman with an extensive family history of breast cancer, they have a 34 percent risk of being diagnosed with the disease as well, the media outlet reported.
This mutation has previously been linked to cancer, however now this study confirms that it is hereditary.
"CHEK2 mutation screening detects a clinically meaningful risk of breast cancer and should be considered in all women with a family history of breast cancer," Cezary Cybulski of the Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, wrote in the Journal of Clinicial Oncology, which is where the study was published.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will eventually be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. The disease is the second leading cancer-related cause of death among women, following only lung cancer.