Inherited cancer being detected earlier

Women with a history of breast and ovarian cancers in their families are developing the disease at a younger age than their ancestors, a study shows. Scientists made the finding while researching trends in the age of cancer diagnosis between generations in families with history of breast or ovarian cancer.

They found among a group of 132 women with genetic mutations linked to breast or ovarian cancer, 106 had older relatives such as mothers or aunties who were diagnosed with the disease. Based on one analysis of the age all the women were diagnosed, the younger generation were told on average six years earlier they had cancer than their older relatives. Read more…



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