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Cancer

01 August 2011

Women carrying cancer gene take action

Women who screen positive for gene mutations that promote breast and ovarian cancers usually opt for surgery to cut their risk of the diseases, a new study suggests.

Women who screen positive for gene mutations that promote breast and ovarian cancers usually opt for surgery to cut their risk of the diseases, a new study suggests.

"Almost all of the women who screened positive did take some sort of action," said lead researcher Dr Marc D. Schwartz, of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC.

 

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