Genetic study outlines path to personalize breast cancer risk assessment and treatment
Although the odds of developing breast cancer are nearly identical for black and white women, black women are 42 percent more likely to die from the disease. This mortality gap — driven by social and environmental, as well as biological factors — continues to persist. A large, multi-institutional study, published on-line May 4, 2017, in JAMA Oncology, was designed to understand this gap by beginning to unravel the germline genetic variations and tumor biological differences between black and white women with breast cancer.
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