Increased risk of breast cancer among young women treated with radiation as a child

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Published: 4 Jun 2012
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Dr Chaya Moskowitz - Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA

At a press conference during the ASCO 2012 Annual Meeting in Chicago, June 1st - June 4th, Dr Chaya Moskowitz presents data from a study which found that female survivors of childhood cancer treated with radiation to the chest had a high risk of developing breast cancer at a young age, comparable to that of BRCA1/2 mutation carriers. 


The findings also suggest that more survivors may be affected than previously thought.