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Why scientists are worried some women might be testing with a false negative for breast cancer

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There's a new concern for women who test negative for the breast cancer gene.      

Researchers now say they have found those women with the BRCA-2 mutation, but who test negative, should know that they may still be at increased risk for the disease.        

A study at the University of Manchester in the UK has found that despite the negative test for BRCA-2, those women with the mutation in the family are still four times more likely to develop breast cancer than the general population.        

There was no such link found among families with the BRCA-1 gene.      

Scientists believe this risk is specific only to brca-2 families with a strong family history. And that it's possible there may be other genetic factors, along with the BRCA gene that increase the odds of breast cancer, it's just something to discuss with your doctor.

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