Researchers find DNA region that raises risk of ovarian, breast cancers

09/20/2010 | Reuters

U.K. researchers found that women carrying mutations in the BRCA1 gene may have a higher risk of breast cancer if they also have a "risk version" of a DNA area called 19p13. In another study, scientists found that the same DNA region appears to play a role in the development of ovarian cancer in those who don't have the faulty version of the BRCA1 gene. "This is important because it suggests that women who carry certain versions of this DNA stretch could benefit from closer monitoring for both breast and ovarian cancers," one of the lead researchers said.

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