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Breast cancer survival not affected by faulty BRCA genes

Anne Li

Breast cancer survival was the same in young women with and without faulty BRCA genes, according to a new study. It suggests that although women diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age tend to have a poorer outlook, those who have BRCA gene faults aren’t less likely to survive. The researchers say that in the future this information could help women and their doctors make informed choices about treatment. “No other study has followed a group of patients from diagnosis over a long period of time to discover if carrying a high-risk inherited BRCA gene alters the likelihood of being cured of breast cancer,” said lead researcher Professor Diana Eccles from the University of Southampton.

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