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New Breast Cancer Genetic Discovery

Scientists have now discovered the gene they believe is mainly responsible for spreading a common type of breast cancer to other parts of the body.  The new gene is called C35.  Scientists in Scotland identified the gene, and discovered that it plays a major part in spreading HER2 positive breast cancer throughout the body.  HER2 type breast cancer is common, about 1 in 5 of all breast cancers.  The spread of breast cancer to other parts of the body often means a worse prognosis and increased disease recurrence rates.  This new discovery is important because researchers can now try to find treatments targeted at this specific gene.