Three new breast cancer genes found
May 5, 2011
Three new genes have been found to be associated with the most common type of breast cancer, estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.
According to NHS News, the three genes were found adjacent to the estrogen receptor gene. About 80 percent of breast cancers fall under the category of estrogen receptor positive.
The study was published in the PloS Genetics journal and was conducted by researchers at the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research in London, England.
In the U.S., breast cancer affects one out of every eight women, according to the BreastCancer.org. Many breast cancers are not inherited and thus women should keep a check on their own self-breast exams and visit doctors on a regular basis to have clinical exams. More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer last year, according to the ACS.
Breast cancer can be fought and one of the most practical things that one can do is to encourage the women in one's life - mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends - to have mammograms if they are over the age of 40.