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Genetic Mutation Linked to More Aggressive Breast Cancer Found More Often in African-Americans Cancer
Researchers had long assumed that higher breast cancer mortality rates in African American women were due to life-style variations, or that the disease was diagnosed at more advanced stages. Now, however, a new study has found that black women are much more likely than white women to have a genetic mutation that makes their cancers significantly more aggressive and dangerous. The gene, p53, has long been known for its involvement in a range of cancers. Hopefully, now that researchers have a better understanding of how genetics affects disease progression in this population, they will be able to develop targeted therapies that offer patients better treatment options.
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