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Current way of detecting gene mutations misses people at high risk of cancer

from HealthCanal

Research led by a University of Manchester academic on the BRCA gene mutation in the Jewish population shows that the current process of identifying people which relies on assessing someone's family history misses half the people who have the mutation and are at risk of developing cancer. Women carrying a BRCA 1 or 2 gene mutation have approximately a 15-45 percent chance of getting ovarian cancer and a 45-65 percent chance of getting breast cancer. more


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