New Research Suggests Gene Test 'Narrows Down Breast Cancer Risk'

New Research Suggests Gene Test

New Delhi: A gene test informing women how likely they are to develop breast cancer could soon be used on high-risk groups.

The test held in Manchester revealed that "it could reduce the number of women having surgery to remove their breasts, by narrowing down their risk." 

The test, on blood or saliva, looks at 18 genetic variants known to affect the chances of getting breast cancer.

Cancer charities said it would have a real impact on women and lead to fewer being diagnosed with the disease.

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.

Souce Inputs: BBC News

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