Current Month 2005
Article Features
  New Study Links Alcohol and Cancer Risk
New Estimates for Cancer Incidence in 2005
Clinical Breast Exam Offers Modest Benefit to Breast Cancer Screening
Key Cellular Process Identified in Cancer Progression
Smoking Elevates Levels of Cancer-Causing Protein COX-2
Researchers Identify Enzyme that Activates Cancer Cell Growth and Invasion
Annual Mammogram, Doctor Visits May Be Enough for Breast Cancer Follow-Up
Research Overcomes Major Hurdle in Gene Therapy for Cancer
New Non-Hormonal Hot Flash Treatment Set for Clinical Trials
Hormone Therapy Controversy Raises Drug Safety Issues
Study Reports Women Don't Experience Undue Pain, Anxiety During Mammography Screening
Obesity and Weight Gain Associated with Poorer Breast Cancer Survival
Study Finds No Evidence of a "Cancer Personality"
Stat5 Protein Inhibits Spread of Breast Cancer Cells
Tamoxifen Reduces Risk of Heart Disease
Hypothyroidism Associated with Reduced Breast Cancer Risk
Timing of Systemic Therapy for Breast Cancer Does Not Affect Survival

Viral DNA Sequence a Possible Trigger for Breast Cancer

Senate Passes Genetic Non-Discrimination Bill

The U.S. Senate has just passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2005 (S. 306). The passage of the bill by the Senate (98-0 ) is a very important bipartisan statement. It provides, for the first time, a comprehensive set of protections against discrimination on the basis of genetic information in the issuance of insurance and the setting of premiums and prevents misuse of genetic information in the workplace.

"We are very pleased the Senate has reaffirmed their position that it is critical to have a national standard that outlaws discrimination on the basis of genetic information in employment and health insurance access," said Dr. Peter Byers, president of the American Society of Human Genetics. "We trust that the House of Representatives will pass this legislation promptly."

Beyond individual privacy issues, human genetics researchers rely on voluntary participation in research studies to further their understanding of the functioning of genes in health and disease. Passage of a federal law will eliminate some of the concerns that have deterred individuals and family member from participating in genetic research studies or seeking genetic testing, he added. Federal legislation will assure families that neither employment status nor health care coverage will be adversely affected by their participation in genetic testing.

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