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Future possibilities in the prevention of breast cancer: Role of genetic variation in breast cancer prevention

Authors
Journal
Breast Cancer Research
1465-5411
Publisher
Springer (Biomed Central Ltd.)
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/bcr69
Keywords
  • Review
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Risk factors for breast cancer are related to endogenous hormonesand reproductive events. As such, traditional cancer prevention strategies arenot easily applicable. Tamoxifen and other selective estrogen receptormodulators (SERMs) offer a new preventive strategy for some high-risk women,but have not yet been shown to be efficacious for all women. New tools toidentify high-risk women are needed. One such tool is the development of amultigenic model of breast cancer susceptibility that can be used to screenwomen in order to identify those who carry a combination of alleles that putsthem at significantly increased risk.

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