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Genetic screening could improve breast cancer prevention, study finds

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1879 (Published 09 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1879
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Testing women for a range of genetic variants associated with breast cancer could help to identify those at increased risk of the disease, a study reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has found.1

Researchers from hundreds of research institutions led by the Institute of Cancer Research in London and the University of Cambridge looked at whether a group of 77 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with breast cancer could distinguish different levels of disease risk in a study of 33 673 women with breast cancer and 33 381 controls, all from Europe. …

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