The collaboration, called the international PALB2 Interest Group, have been investigating the impact of a faulty PALB2 gene on breast cancer risk. Their study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that women who carried rare mutations to the PALB2 gene were found to be more at risk of breast cancer than the general population. Importantly, the level of risk associated with these mutations was influenced by a woman’s family history of breast cancer.
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