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Gene mutation dramatically increases risk of ovarian cancer

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A gene mutation that makes a woman three times more likely to develop ovarian cancer has been discovered. A new marker can predict a woman’s chances of developing the disease if she carries a BRIP1 mutation. Scientists hope this discovery will pave the way for a new genetic test which will detect this difficult-to-diagnose disease. Ovarian cancer –often called “a silent killer”-  is responsible for more deaths than any other gynecological cancer.


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