Study reveals new genetic risk factor for breast cancer

October 10, 2014

OKLAHOMA - A new study reveals more about genetic risk factors for breast cancer. Because of that study, genetic counselors at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City are expanding testing.

"It's a full time job keeping up with what's happening and the data is coming out almost daily," said Dr. Alan Hollingsworth, medical director at Mercy Women's Center.

Falling behind on the latest medical study is not an option for Dr. Hollingsworth and Julie Beasley, MS. "It's a brand new study that gave us a lot more about PALB2 and the actual risk related to breast cancer," Beasley said.

PALB2 is a gene like BRCA1 and BRCA2 that can increase the risk for breast cancer if a mutation is present. Researchers discovered that risk just increased in PALB2.


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