October Proclaimed Breast Cancer Awareness Month by County Commissioners

Taking a look at breast cancer's impact on the two-state

"There were many women in the room at the launch who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. some of whom I have met and we have shared our experiences with each other".

The Somerset-based organization works to provide support and advocacy for African-American women affected by breast cancer.

"Many women are offered mammogram screenings when they are middle-aged, but if we know a woman has genetic markers that place her at higher risk of breast cancer, we can recommend more intensive screening at a younger age".

Male breast cancer is usually hereditary and if your family has history with the disease it could increase your risk. Doctors hope the new information released from a study by an global team of 550 researchers help them understand the genetic role of the disease.

Your weight, activity level, alcohol consumption and breast density may determine your risk of breast cancer. We have patients that have come here that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and they are our friends and family.

She hopes that discoveries made in this research will someday lead to better and less harsh treatments for breast cancer, for instance, treating people with a targeted probiotic instead of chemotherapy.

With what the medical community already knows about BRCA1, BRCA2, other variants, plus the newly identified genes, it's estimated that about 39 percent of heritable ER-positive breast cancer risk can be explained, researchers said. "There's been a lot of research trying to figure out what that something else is". Fortunately, today's breast cancer screening technology has advanced tremendously since 1985, and since I was diagnosed with cancer more than 11 years ago.

Others, known as oestrogen-receptor negative, are not affected by the hormone and are more hard to treat. Combining the genetic factors with hormonal and lifestyle influences was likely to increase the risk further, they said.

The city is now looking at where to donate this year's proceeds, Bradshaw said, and is considering the Sisters Network, among different local breast cancer support organizations.

Another seven genetic variants predisposed women specifically to oestrogen-receptor negative breast cancer, which often had a poorer prognosis because it did not respond to standard drugs such as Tamoxifen.

This important discovery will help to determine with greater accuracy the risk of a woman developing breast cancer during her lifetime.

QIMR Berghofer's Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench, who helped co-lead the worldwide collaboration, said the discovery nearly doubled what researchers already knew about existing genetic markers.

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