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Epigenome-wide association study reveals decreased average methylation levels years before breast cancer diagnosis.

Karin van Veldhoven, Silvia Polidoro, Laura Baglietto, Gianluca Severi, Carlotta Sacerdote, Salvatore Panico, Amalia Mattiello, Domenico Palli, Giovanna Masala, Vittorio Krogh, Claudia Agnoli, Rosario Tumino, Graziella Frasca, Kirsty Flower, Ed Curry, Nicholas Orr, Katarzyna Tomczyk, Michael E Jones, Alan Ashworth, Anthony Swerdlow Show all

Clinical Epigenetics | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Interest in the potential of DNA methylation in peripheral blood as a biomarker of cancer risk is increasing. We aimed to assess whether epigenome-wide DNA methylation measured in peripheral blood samples obtained before onset of the disease is associated with increased risk of breast cancer. We report on three independent prospective nested case-control studies from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Italy; n = 162 matched case-control pairs), the Norwegian Women and Cancer study (NOWAC; n = 168 matched pairs), and the Breakthrough Generations Study (BGS; n = 548 matched pairs). We used the Illumina 450k array to measure methylation in the EPI..

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