Scientists pinpoint ovarian cancer gene – is treatment on the way?

These six characters may look innocuous, but they represent a newly discovered gene that’s linked to ovarian cancer – one of the deadliest cancers for women. Researchers compared the DNA of women from more than 900 families with history of breast and ovarian cancer, with nearly 11,000 women with no family history. They found women with a faulty RAD51D gene had a one in 11 chance to develop ovarian cancer, compared with a one in 70 chance for the “control women.”

The researchers think this discovery can lead to lab tests hitting the market within years to predict who’s at a higher risk for the cancer that often doesn’t show symptoms. But the hope is women might not have to undergo this operation, known as an oophorectomy, if these genes lead to successful treatments. Read more…

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