New breast cancer gene can predict likelihood of hereditary disease, study finds
, 2023-03-29 07:32:00,
Some risk factors for breast cancer — such as diet, exercise or hormone medications — are preventable. But others, like certain genetic mutations, can’t be changed.
It’s already known that some genes can predict the likelihood of breast cancer. Women with a mutation in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, for example, have a 70% risk of developing the disease, according to the American Cancer Society.
Now, in what they’re describing as a landmark study published in The American Journal of Human Genetics on Monday, researchers have identified a new gene that predicts the likelihood of hereditary breast cancer.
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People who have mutations in a gene called ATRIP are at a significantly higher risk of developing the disease, researchers said.
ATRIP mutations, though, aren’t as prevalent as the ones that can occur in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
The ATRIP gene’s job is to prevent something called replicative stress, which is a big driver of cancer development.
That’s according to Dr. Jenn Simmons, a functional medicine physician and integrative oncologist at Real Health MD in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, explained to Fox…
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