USC study identifies genetic basis for aggressive breast cancer in women of African ancestry:
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, together with other scientists, have identified the location of a genetic risk factor for a type of breast cancer that disproportionately affects women of African descent and carries a worse prognosis than other forms of the disease... The investigative team was searching for genetic risk factors associated with what is known as estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer, a form of the disease that is deficient in expressing the estrogen receptor and therefore does not respond to drug treatments targeting the receptor in breast tissue. Women of African descent are more likely to have this type of breast cancer than women from other racial and ethnic backgrounds, according to the researchers.
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