Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

For that much-needed awareness on breast cancer

Laura Hicks Should You Have a Breast Cancer Genetic Test?
Connie Andrews | 09 October, 2017, 00:26

Prof Gareth Evans, who led the research into the test at Manchester University Foundation Trust, says women with a BRCA mutation have a risk of breast cancer somewhere between 30% and 90%.

By combining the results of the test with information on breast density, the age a woman has children or reaches puberty, women are given a percentage change of developing breast cancer within the next 10 years, and throughout their lifetime.

The tour is for everyone, whether you are in treatment, a survivor or looking for breast cancer prevention advice.

The grimmest projection is that more than 40,000 women will die from breast cancer this year.

In India, over 1.50 lakh are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. "Our hope is to find a biomarker that would help us diagnose breast cancer quickly and easily".

Smoking, especially for those women who smoke before their first pregnancy, is thought to increase the risk of breast cancer.

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.

The acclaimed cancer treatment organization in Singapore, Parkway Cancer Centre, has been collaborating with several forces in a bid to fight against the deadly disease.

"The new test will give women more options and help them to make a more informed decision", she said.

Later this month, on October 26, the Lewis Hall Singletary Oncology Center will host its sixth annual Pink Affair, its benefit fashion show with local cancer survivors.

Breast cancer "conquerors" and their families in addition to large number of students from old city participated in the run, expressing solidarity with the Pink Ribbon campaign. Some are fighting against it.

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.

The test is much more likely to be accurate for women whose personal or family history already puts them at risk of having a BRCA gene mutation, he says.

So now when you see pink, think of ways to beat breast cancer once and for all.

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