Around 55,000 women develop breast cancer each year
Scientists say a new breakthrough could lead to new breast cancer treatments and drugs which prevent the disease.
It comes after they discovered more than 100 genes linked to the disease – including 32 genes linked to survival, in the most comprehensive study of its kind.
Experts said the “treasure trove” of findings could help scientists to create new genetic tests to predict the risk of disease, and ensure treatment was better targeted.
Around 55,000 women develop breast cancer each year, with 11,000 dying.
Scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London used a novel genetic technique called Capture Hi-C to analyze which genes interacted with 33 DNA regions known to affect breast cancer.
Most of the 110 genes found in the study had not been linked to breast cancer risk before, making them fresh targets for potential therapies.
Of those, 32 were linked to survival in women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, the findings, published in Nature Communications, found.
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