A study to find out more about the causes of breast cancer (The British Breast Cancer Study BBC-NCRN Cohort)

Cancer type:

Breast cancer

Status:

Results

Phase:

Other

This study collected information to help find out more about the causes of breast cancer that runs in families.

There are many risk factors associated with breast cancer. Doctors know that if you have a strong family history of breast cancer, there may be a faulty gene that increases your risk. They also know that certain hormones Open a glossary item affect your risk.

In this study the research team collected blood samples and information about lifestyle and family medical history from women with breast cancer. They also collected information from women who had not had breast cancer.

The aim of the study was to find out more about the pattern of cancer in the families of women with breast cancer. And to find out what specific factors might be causing this.

Summary of results

The information and blood samples collected in this study have been used to look for genes that increase the risk of breast cancer. The UK researchers have found some genes themselves. They have also contributed samples and information to many international studies which have so far discovered about 70 such genes. Although the study finished recruiting in 2010, work using these samples will continue for many years.

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Recruitment end:

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Chief Investigator

Professor Julian Peto

Supported by

Cancer Research UK
Institute of Cancer Research (ICR)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 577

Please note - unless we state otherwise in the summary, you need to talk to your doctor about joining a trial.

Harriet wanted to try new treatments

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“I was keen to go on a clinical trial. I wanted to try new cancer treatments and hopefully help future generations.”

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