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Researchers collected and analysed data of 275,000 women, half of whom had breast cancer, from around the globe with the aim to evaluate why some women were more at risk than others of developing the disease.
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"This ultimately could benefit all women - in those with a strong family history and those without", an Australian researcher involved with the study, Professor Georgia Chenevix-Trench, told The New Daily.
Queensland Institute of Medical Research's Professor Chenevix-Trench told The New Daily it would help identify women at high risk who require earlier and more intensive screening.
"These findings may inform improved risk prediction, both for the general population and BRCA1 mutation carriers", says Associate Professor Roger Milne at Cancer Council Victoria in Melbourne. Various studies suggest that a moderately active lifestyle with at least 30 minutes of exercising five days a week and a balanced diet can go a long way in protecting women from the risk of breast cancer.
Researchers hope to develop a blood test to identify genes linked to breast cancer. "That is one of those ways we find breast cancer in those early stages. This should provide guidance for a lot of future research".
More than 70 new genetic variations that predispose to breast cancer have been uncovered thanks to the cooperation of 550 researchers around the world, among which figure the team of professor Jacques Simard of Laval University, in Quebec city.
Others, known as oestrogen-receptor negative, are not affected by the hormone and are more hard to treat.
Mutant versions of the two genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 have by far the biggest impact on breast cancer risk. "A better understanding of the biological basis of oestrogen receptor negative breast cancer may lead to more effective preventive interventions and treatments".
"But there are other risk factors". The studies identified genetic regions specifically associated with either oestrogen-receptor positive or oestrogen receptor negative breast cancer, underscoring the fact that these are biologically distinct cancers that develop differently.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of the charity Breast Cancer Now, said: 'This is another exciting step forward in our understanding of the genetic causes of breast cancer.