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Date:4/19/2010

k, they stratified the samples by the time intervals between blood sample collection and disease diagnosis.

They found that the increased risk was primarily seen in women with high blood CRP levels measured within the three years prior to diagnosis. As the interval between the blood draw and cancer diagnosis increased, the association between CRP levels and risk faded.

Because the increased risk associated was greatest in the first years after CRP measurement, Yang believes that high CRP levels may arise largely from the patient's inflammatory response to cancer. Therefore, high CRP may be more of a "risk marker" (something that is detectable as a result of disease) rather than a "risk factor" (something that predisposes one to disease).

Yang will present the results of this study during a press conference on Monday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. in room 142 of the Washington D.C. Convention Center, during the AACR annual meeting.


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