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Researchers Identify New Genes that Determine Breast Cancer Prognosis

Posted Date: September 23, 2011

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have made a discovery that brings them one step closer to being able to better predict which patients have the best chance of surviving breast cancer.

Newswise — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 23, 2011 – Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have made a discovery that brings them one step closer to being able to better predict which patients have the best chance of surviving breast cancer.

The group has identified 16 genes, or proteins, all involved in iron metabolism, that provide better prognostic information than conventional, standard markers of prognosis. Their findings suggest that testing for ferroportin levels in women with breast cancer may one day help doctors to more accurately predict whether their patients’ cancers will return.

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