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deCODE Launches deCODE BreastCancer(TM), a Genetic Test to Screen for Risk of the Common Forms of Breast Cancer
Date:10/8/2008

herited, it has taken painstaking research to find genetic variants predisposing to the disease's common forms. The mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes conferring very high risk have a less than 0.5 percent frequency in the general population in the United States and Europe, accounting for only 1-3% of all breast cancers.

Identifying and enabling the detection of a substantial proportion of the genetic risk for the common forms of breast cancer is the goal of deCODE's gene discovery work in breast cancer and the deCODE BreastCancer(TM) test. Women who know they are at a higher than average risk of breast cancer can also make proactive lifestyle changes to lower their lifetime risk, according to ACS. These include staying physically active, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods, and limiting alcohol intake and smoking.

About deCODE

deCODE is a biopharmaceutical company applying its discoveries in human genetics to the development of diagnostics and drugs for common diseases. deCODE is a global leader in gene discovery -- our population approach and resources have enabled us to isolate key genes contributing to major public health challenges from cardiovascular disease to cancer, genes that are providing us with drug targets rooted in the basic biology of disease. Through its CLIA-registered laboratory, deCODE is offering a growing range of DNA-based tests for gauging risk and empowering prevention of common diseases, including deCODE T2(TM) for type 2 diabetes; deCODE AF(TM) for atrial fibrillation and stroke; deCODE MI(TM) for heart attack; deCODE ProCa(TM) for prostate cancer; deCODE Glaucoma(TM) for a major type of glaucoma; and deCODE BreastCancer(TM) for the common forms of breast cancer. deCODE is delivering on the promise of the new genetics.SM Visit us on the web at http://www.decode.com; on our diagnostics site at ht
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