Researchers hope to develop a test to reveal breast cancer risk - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/6/09

Researchers hope to develop a test to reveal breast cancer risk

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - What if you could learn your risk of developing breast cancer, with far more accuracy than judging by your family history?  Researchers in California are studying the blood of 20,000 women in the San Francisco Bay area, and they've already discovered an important link between how much tissue is in a woman's breast, and her risk of developing breast cancer. They believe it's a risk that's even higher than family history.   

"We think that breast cancers come out of tissue in the breast, not the fat so therefore the more tissue in a breast the greater the risk of developing breast cancer," said Steve Cummings, M.D., a researcher.

Researchers are hoping to develop a test that will reveal the risk. The scientists say they don't see a blood test ever replacing the mammogram, but they do hope one day it will be used *with* traditional screening to accurately assess high risk patients, giving them the early warning they need to start taking potentially life-saving medications.

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