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New Genetic Factors Found for Breast Cancer Risk

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New Genetic Factors Found for Breast Cancer Risk

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New Genetic Factors Found for Breast Cancer Risk

New Genetic Factors Found for Breast Cancer Risk

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This week, researchers published a series of scientific papers identifying six new genetic factors they believe increase the risk of developing breast cancer. The new genes appear to create only a moderate increase in breast cancer risk, but are present in a large percentage of the population.

David Hunter, professor of cancer prevention, Harvard School of Public Health; epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, M.A.