Study shows link between gene mutation and types of cancer
Feb 15, 2012
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Melbourne found that rare mutations are linked to various types of cancers, including breast cancer, according to Reuters Health.
The mutations are called Lynch syndrome, and even though it is very rare, those who do have it have a much higher risk of developing breast cancer along with pancreatic, colon and endometrial cancers.
However, the reasoning behind the link between Lynch syndrome and these types of cancers is unknown. Some researchers believe more research must be done before further action can be taken.
"Before we would recommend increased screening for breast cancer, for example, we'd have to have stronger evidence that the increased risk we observed was real and that (mammography) or other types of screening are effective," study author Mark Jenkins told the news source.
According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point during her lifetime. Not only is it the second most common form of cancer among women behind skin cancer, but it is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women, following only lung cancer.