Researchers from Brown University and the University of California San Francisco have found that epigenetic changes to DNA in breast cancers are related to environmental risk factors and tumor size, providing a window into the severity of the disease. The study is published in the June 30 edition of PLoS Genetics. The researchers found that epigenetic profiles of tumors had a direct association with diet, alcohol, and tumor size. See article.

 This study is to look at diet and environment factors and how they affect breast cancer. The use of epigenetics may show a way to classify an individual as to “bio-markers” and then be able to recommend specific diets for different “bio-markers”. Breast cancer is the most popular non-skin type cancers among women. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to avoid cancer by changing ones diet instead of getting it and then hoping to be a survivor?