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Should You Have a Breast Cancer Genetic Test?


Breast cancer death rates declined nearly 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups. The research team has discovered for the first time that healthy breast tissue contains more of the bacterial species Methylobacterium, a finding which could offer a new perspective in the battle against breast cancer.

In India, over 1.50 lakh are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

The Think Pink Malawi initiative in conjunction with International Women Association of Malawi (IWAM) this week started events to bring awareness to breast cancer in the entire month of October.

He said: "This is a massive game changer for breast cancer where we now have tests which can give accurate risk in the whole population, those with a family history and those with BRCA mutations".

As reported by The Washington Post, breast cancer death rates increased by 0.4 percent per year from 1975 to 1989, according to the study.

And while Caucasian women and African-American women are afflicted with breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the death rate for African-American women is substantially higher, about 42 percent more, according to the American Cancer Society. Recently, it also added the mammogram machine to their lab equipment, thereby justifying that it is indeed the best facility in the country for detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Proceeds from the event back the center's patient resource program.

The key to fighting cancer, especially breast cancer, is detection.

Among those who participated in the event were breast cancer survivors, their parents, students and interested youngsters.

The Manchester researchers behind the test said it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, by narrowing down their risk.

The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) test will initially be available for patients having tests at St Mary's Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, with a family history of breast cancer. Encourage those you know to get screened and adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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