Preventative mastectomy could be ended by breakthrough at Queen’s

Dr Kienan Savage QUB

Dr Kienan Savage QUB

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Women at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer could avoid preventative surgery after a breakthrough by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast.

Many women who carry what is known as the BRCA1 mutation – such as actress Angelina Jolie – opt for a double mastectomy rather than live with the knowledge they have a well above average chance of developing the disease.

For around 1,000 women in the UK affected, the risk is up to 85 per cent for breast cancer and up to a 40 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer.


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