In response to new research published in Nature Genetics which identifies new, rare genes associated with breast cancer, Dr Kotryna Temcinaite, head of research communications at Breast Cancer Now, said:
“Only around 5-10% of women with breast cancer are thought to carry an inherited altered gene, the most common of which are the well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. This exciting research has taken the first steps to identify additional rare, altered genes which could increase a woman’s risk of developing the disease. If this discovery is supported by further work, it could help to better determine who is more likely to develop breast cancer and open the door to finding new ways to treat and support these people.
"Anyone affected by breast cancer can speak to Breast Cancer Now’s expert nurses by calling our free helpline on 0808 800 6000 for information and support.”