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Gene found that may trigger aggressive cancer

14th July 2010

UK scientists believe that they have found a gene which triggers the spread of an aggressive form of breast cancer.

The discovery, by the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Unit, could herald new treatments for the 9,000 women affected in the UK each year following the study into the disease known as HER2 positive breast cancer. It represents about 20% of all breast cancer cases and is currently treated with the drug herceptin which works by prevening the cancer cells multiplying.


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