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Breast cancer

05 October 2010

Cancer runs in the family

A new study reveals that close relatives of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 35 are at a higher risk for breast cancer and a range of other cancers.

Highlighting the genetic underpinnings of cancer, a new study reveals that close relatives of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 35 are themselves at a higher risk for developing both breast cancer and a range of other cancers.

"The results suggest there could possibly be undiscovered genes causing breast cancer in these young women, and perhaps other cancers in their families," he added.

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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