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Gene mutation boosts breast cancer risk contralaterally

PHS findings on BRCA mutations underscore importance of genetic testing in younger patients

April 12, 2010 | By Kristen Woodward

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Public Health Sciences Division’s Dr. Kathi Malone and colleagues found that women with breast cancer before age 55 who carry an inherited mutation in the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are four times more likely to develop cancer in the breast opposite, or contralateral, to their initial tumor as compared to breast cancer patients without these genetic defects.

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Bald is beautiful—and cancer-protective

PHS, UW researchers link early hair loss to lower prostate cancer risk

March 29, 2010 | By Colleen Steelquist

Men who develop male pattern baldness by age 30 have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Public Health Sciences Division researchers. The findings, which involved nearly 2,000 men, were published March 3 in the online edition of Cancer Epidemiology.

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