Gene May Help Predict Early-Onset Breast Cancer

by: cancercompass

Researchers have discovered a genetic marker that may predict the early onset of breast cancer in younger women.

Women diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in life tend to have more aggressive, recurrent forms of the disease than women diagnosed between 50 and 60 years of age.  Scientists performed a study of DEAR1 (ductal epithelium-associated RING chromosome 1) to learn more about how the gene's expression may affect early-onset breast cancer.

Overall findings suggest that DEAR1 becomes altered in early-onset breast cancer. Furthermore, researchers say it might be possible to use DEAR1 expression to identify women with increased risk of local recurrence.

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