By Dr. Brian McDonough

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is troubling information in new research about certain forms of cancer and women in the next generation.

It is a disturbing new report suggesting that if a woman develops BRCA-related breast cancer or ovarian cancer at a certain age, female relatives in the next generation could develop the disease nearly eight years earlier.

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This is a very important report because what it is suggesting is something in the environment, or some sort of change, is causing these cancers to occur earlier in women.

The reason why this is also important is we’re talking about the importance of screening and early detection. This means that we should be testing women at risk at earlier ages.

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There are two problems here. First of all, to figure out why it’s occurring earlier, and secondly, to make sure that we begin our screening and our evaluations quicker then we have in the past.

Reported by Dr. Brian McDonough, KYW Newsradio 1060

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