Don't delay mammograms! Detect breast cancer in the early stages

Lydia Fleming
October 25, 2017

We are thrilled to run the same campaign again in 2017 - purchasing a new or used vehicle from any Brown's store during the entire month of October will help Brown's donate a portion of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen affiliates and the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation. "There are some clear patterns in the genetic variants that should help us understand why some women are predisposed to breast cancer, and which genes and mechanisms are involved".

Shirts are $20 each and proceeds will benefit local breast cancer awareness and support groups. The researchers found that non-cancerous breast tissue had more of a certain type of bacteria, and the cancerous tissue had other types that were elevated.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the US -affecting one in every eight-but researchers recently found a difference between breast tissue of healthy women versus those with breast cancer that could lead to new kinds of treatment.

"As well as identifying new genetic variants, we have also confirmed many that we had previously suspected". We believe that a substantial breast cancer burden may be prevented through lifestyle modification and this is what we call primary prevention.

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Genetic studies of this sort look for "loci" - regions of DNA that increase the risk of disease. Researchers are gaining a better understanding about the cause of breast cancer.

"Scientists are not in competition against each other", said professor Peter Kraft of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

'This should provide guidance for a lot of future research, ' he added.

While studying 21,468 ER-negative cases, the researchers identified 10 new gene mutations that could explain approximately 1.5 of the heritable risk of ER-negative breast cancer.

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Researchers from Quebec city are now hoping to obtain the necessary financing to assess the feasibility and acceptability of this new method of assessing the risk of breast cancer.

"We get grant funding through pharmaceutical companies and donations like the New Brunswick Fire Department", said Dorothy Reed, president and co-founder of the Sisters Network "It's hard economic times for everyone so when somebody just gives you a donation it's really a blessing".

Read the full ER-negative study in Nature Genetics. Vitamin D levels also have a significant bearing on the development of breast cancer, "Higher blood levels of vitamin D are associated with a lower risk of breast cancer compared to women with low levels of the vitamin".

'These gene changes now have the potential to be incorporated into existing models to more accurately predict an individual's risk, and to improve both prevention and early detection of the disease.

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