Friday, May 17, 2013

Breast Cancer: How We'll Better Predict Who it Strikes (Op-Ed)

Pink ribbons have become a symbol of the fight to cure breast cancer.

 

We may never be able to fully prevent the occurrence of breast cancer, but I believe within five years we will be able to identify individuals who will develop breast cancer with much higher accuracy than we can with the predictive tools we have now.

Currently, many women make difficult medical decisions based on age, ethnicity, medical history, family history, lifestyle and BRCA-gene status that are weighted independently and collectively to estimate risk for the development of breast cancer. [Angelina Jolie & Breast Cancer: What Options Do High-Risk Women Have?
However, a woman with all odds against her may never develop breast c

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