A Radiologist's Guide to Breast Cancer Genomics

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the world. According to World Health Organization data, in 2012 there were approximately 1.7 million new cases diagnosed and nearly half a million deaths from breast cancer worldwide.1 The highest incidence of the disease is in North America and Europe; however, the highest mortality rates are in South America, Africa, and Asia.2 The increased rate of breast cancer mortality in those regions of the world may be due partially to lack of health care access and advanced therapies. Nevertheless, breast cancer is one of the most lethal cancers, along with lung and colon cancer, in women worldwide.1

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