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Cancer risk is higher in relatives of women with early breast cancer

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7571.722-e (Published 05 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:722
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    Male and female relatives of women who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer before the age of 50 are at a higher risk of developing a number of malignancies, a new study has found.

    The study, which looked at cancer in first degree relatives of women with early onset breast cancer, showed a higher rate of cancers of the breast, ovaries, and cervix among the relatives than national rates, adjusted for age, sex, and time. Among relatives aged under 50 the risk of cancers of the colon and gall bladder were higher, says the study, which was published online ahead of print publication in the European Journal of Cancer on …

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