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Cancer patients' relatives face higher cancer risk

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Male and female relatives of women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 35 are at an increased risk of other cancers, even if they do not carry the faulty genes that are associated with breast cancer, research has found.

The study, which looked at more than 2,000 parents and siblings of 500 women diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age, found that relatives faced an increased risk of breast cancer, but also of prostate, lung, brain and urinary cancers.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne, who carried out the study, said the results could point to a new cancer genetic syndrome.

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