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Read about some recent developments in breast cancer research at WEHI.

New cellular atlas maps out healthy and cancerous breast tissue
WEHI researchers have documented the diversity of cells in the human breast, explaining the relationship between healthy breast cells and breast cancer cells

Microscopic behaviour of developing breast cells uncovered
An improved high-tech fluorescence microscopy technique is allowing researchers to film cells inside the breast as never seen before.

“Holy grail’ of breast cancer prevention in high-risk women may be in sight
Australian researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene.

Learn more about breast cancer research at WEHI.


Facts and Stats

Risks for BRCA carriers

For women aged 80 years and under, the risk of developing breast cancer is much higher for those with BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes:

• Non-carriers: 1:8
• BRCA carriers: 7:10

Carriers of BRCA1 mutations:
• Often develop triple negative breast cancer (TNBC)
• Can be high grade estrogen receptor positive (ER+)
• Have an approximately 45% risk of developing ovarian cancer

Source: American Cancer Society

In Australia

• 1 in 7 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
• About 80% of these women are over the age of 50
• Approximately 1000 women under the age of 40 will be diagnosed with the disease in 2021.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare