Research brings hope for cancer


A NEW gene linked to breast cancer will help complete the puzzle of how the disease develops

The Institute of Cancer Research claims that women with a damaged copy of the DNA-repair gene PALB2 have twice the risk, but there is currently no tool available to screen it.
‘This type of research continues to help build a picture of how breast cancer develops in order to develop tools to identify women at high risk of developing breast cancer at an early stage. The key to surviving breast cancer is early detection,’ said clinical nurse specialist Karen Leach.
The disease is the most common form of cancer in women in Guernsey, with about 50 new cases each year. About 5% of these are caused by an inherited fault in genes. Women who have a family history of the disease can be referred by their GP to the Guernsey Breast Cancer Unit for a risk assessment. Those considered at high risk would be referred to the Wessex Clinical Genetics Service for gene testing where appropriate.
Those considered to be at a low or moderate risk are advised to undergo regular screening.

GEP Article by Nicci Martel 4/1/2007

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