Are researchers looking for other breast cancer genes?

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Question from Lynna: Every woman in my immediate family except my mother has had breast cancer, including me. None of us have the BRCA1 or 2 gene. You would think that all kinds of studies would be trying to get us involved, but apparently there is no interest! Don't researchers want to know about other genes that are clearly causing breast cancer?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. Of course we do. There are several large groups actively looking for extra breast cancer genes because we know there are many women, such as yourself, who have a strong family history that is not explained by the genes we have currently identified. Those studies are typically conducted in a few specialized centers. Because breast cancer is such a common disease, they particularly look for large families.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Updates From the 2009 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium featured Kathy Miller, M.D. and Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about the latest updates on breast cancer risk, screening techniques, treatment options, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in December 2009.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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