For the first time in years, researchers have identified a new susceptibility gene for breast cancer: study – CTV

March 29, 2023

A new gene connected to hereditary breast cancer susceptibility has been identified in what researchers are calling a landmark study.

The discovery marks the first time in years that a new susceptibility gene has been pinpointed, allowing scientists to get one step closer to a full understanding of hereditary breast cancer.

“We know that genetics play an important role in the likelihood of developing breast cancer, with hereditary breast cancer accounting for roughly ten per cent of all cases,” Dr. Mohammad Reza Akbari, associate professor at the University of Toronto and the principal investigator of the study, said in a press release.

Around one in eight women in Canada will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with the disease accounting for the highest amount of cancer-related deaths in women globally.

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