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Cancer breakthrough

Good news in the fight against cancer, a study of more than 200,000 people has doubled the amount of known genetic risk factors in some of the most common cancers.

Researchers at more than100 institutions worked together in this to identify genes they say will someday lead to new tests that could tell us if we carry an increased risk for certain cancers.

Each new genetic marker does not reveal much on its own, but when combined with other factors they could predict a person's risk for disease. The researchers found nearly50 new markers for breast cancer, 26 for prostate cancer and nearly a dozen for ovarian cancer.

Outside experts say the genetic information released today might be put into practice within five to 10 years. They also hope it will lead to new drugs to battle these diseases.


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