Cancers spotted sooner in gene study

March 1, 2002 at 6:03 PM
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NEW YORK, March 1 (UPI) -- A study of 251 people identified as having a genetic mutation that puts them at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer has shown that it is possible to identify cancers earlier than usual. The study from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, reports genetic counseling, testing and an increased level of surveillance coupled with risk-reducing surgeries resulted in the diagnosis of early stage tumors much more often than would otherwise occur.

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