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Understanding the Link Between Pancreatic and Breast Cancers

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The association of the BRCA gene mutations with breast and ovarian cancers is common knowledge, and work in this area has produced effective treatments and sometimes the means of prevention.

“But it is much less known and understood that these mutations have been linked to several gastroenterological cancers, including pancreatic cancer,” says John A. Chabot, MD, Chief of the Division of GI/Endocrine Surgery and Executive Director of The Pancreas Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. “For men and women who carry the BRCA mutations, there is about a three- to four-fold higher risk for pancreatic cancer.” Read more . . .

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