Sharp Rise in Risk With New Breast Cancer Gene

August 8, 2014

Mutated versions of a gene called PALB2 can dramatically increase a woman's risk of breast cancer. Women carrying this mutation have a one in three chance of developing breast cancer by the age of 70, according to a New England Journal of Medicine article. The risk is even higher for women with a family history of breast cancer. This new study provides the first solid evidence regarding the breast cancer risk associated with PALB2, said Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD, associate professor of Cancer Biology, in a HealthDay News article.

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