In the British Journal of Cancer this week, researchers in Sweden report on the combined effects of low-penetrant SNPs on the risk of breast cancer. The team analyzed 10 previously described breast cancer-associated SNPs in 3,584 breast tumor samples and 5,063 healthy controls. They confirmed significant associations between breast cancer and seven of the 10 SNPs.

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