Genes May Predict Metastatic Breast Cancer – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Scientists have discovered that genes might predict a person’s risk for developing metastatic breast cancer, the advanced stage of the disease in which the tumor cells have spread throughout the body, forming metastases.
Dr. Hunter: There are susceptibility genes for metastases just like there are for developing primary cancer.
Narrator: Dr. Kent Hunter is at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Hunter: You could actually theoretically test women before they develop cancer to determine their risk.
Narrator: Dr. Hunter explains that people at high risk for breast cancer could get a blood test to determine their susceptibility for advanced disease. For more information on genes and metastatic breast cancer, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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