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BRCA1 Mutation Prevalent Among Hispanic, Younger Black Women
Date:12/26/2007

frey N. Weitzel, director of the department of clinical cancer genetics at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Duarte, Calif.

However, Weitzel noted that this latest study does not take BRCA2 mutations into account, which also increase the risk for breast cancer.

"So some of these numbers are underestimates," he said. "BRCA2 usually accounts for about a third more cases in each group," he said.

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For more information on breast cancer, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Esther John, Ph.D., research scientist, Northern California Cancer Center, Fremont, and associate professor, health research and policy, Stanford University; Christine Pellegrino, M.D., breast cancer specialist, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Jeffrey N. Weitzel, M.D., director, department of clinical cancer genetics, City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duarte, Calif.; Dec. 26, 2007, Journal of the American Medical Association


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