Washington: Physicians may now be able to detect early breast cancer more accurately, thanks to a new genetic test. In a new research report appearing in the December 2012 issue of The FASEB Journal, researchers from Germany have shown that the various genetic switches, which are turned on and off in the regular development of every cell in the body, can be analyzed in minute detail to determine the presence or risk of breast cancer growth.“We hope that our results help to develop tools to identify breast cancer patients when tumors are still small, and eventually curable,” said Clarissa Gerhauser, Ph.D., a researcher involved in the work from the Division of Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. “These tools might hopefully also help to predict the progression of tumor development and guide decisions on cancer treatment,” she stated.
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