Molecular marker identified to predict breast carcinoma

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 11, 2016
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In a new study scientists have identified markers in normal breast tissues which can find an abnormal cell in breast which could be cancerous.This finding can help females to know whether they are at high or low risk for developing cancer.

 

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Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women world wide. In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.

 


Till date mammography is used to detect cancer of early stage but have several risks associated like false positive or negative result.This could mislead the patient and doctor for delayed or wrong treatment resulting in stress and sometimes death of patients.

 


The previous studies find the role of  BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes in causing breast carcinoma.The onset of cancer begins in a female with high number of mammary gland progenitor cells.

 


In this study conducted in Harvard University biopsies were examined.This were the samples from females with benign breast tumor.There were a total of 302 samples like this are many oif them were collected decades back and were cryopreserved.Out of 302 females only 69 developed cancer and their tissues were compared from the 233 women who did not.

 


The previous studies find the role of  BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes in causing breast carcinoma.The onset of cancer begins in a female with high number of mammary gland progenitor cells.

 

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