Researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian have identified two new breast cancer genes . Having one of the genes- MSH6 and PMS2 -approximately doubles a woman's risk of developing breast cancer by age 60. The study was published in the  Genetics in Medicine .

The two genes were previously known to cause Lynch syndrome , an inherited condition that raises the risk of colorectal, ovarian, stomach, and endometrial cancer.

Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of colorectal cancer, accounting for about 3% of newly diagnosed cases. One in 440 Americans has a gene that causes Lynch syndrome.

The study, in collaboration with GeneDx, a genetic testing company. Researchers had suspected that Lynch syndrome genes may also cause  breast cancer . Some studies had found a link, whereas others had not.

"People with Lynch syndrome are not thinking They May Also be at risk for  breast cancer ," Said Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, the Kennedy Family professor of pediatrics (in medicine) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, clinical geneticist at NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia, and the study's senior author.

He added, "Given the fact that they are genomic analysis is becoming more common in patients with a personal or family history of cancer, we have an opportunity to do more targeted breast cancer screening in women who carry any of the genes associated with risk for this disease. "

The researchers analyzed a database of more than 50,000 women who had undergone multi-gene hereditary cancer testing between 2013 and 2015. Of these, 423 women had a mutation in one of the four genes that cause Lynch syndrome: MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, and PMS2.

Additional analysis revealed that women with a mutation in two specific lynch syndrome genes-MSH6 and PMS2-had a two-fold higher risk of breast cancer compared to women in the general population.

Based on the incidence of cancer in the study population, the Researchers That About 31 Calculated 38% of women to cancer-causing With MSH6 and PMS2 variants will develop Breast cancer, Compared to around 15% of women in the overall population.

"The new study suggests MSH6 and PMS2 should be added to the list of genes to screen for when there is a history of breast cancer," said Dr. Chung.

He added, "Screening for these genes would also give these families potentially life-saving information to prevent colon cancer by encouraging individuals with the genes to increase the frequency of their colonoscopies."

Currently, testing for Lynch syndrome genes is generally only done when someone has a personal or family history of colon or uterine cancer .

Dr. Chung added, "Given that Lynch syndrome is not rare in the general population, this finding has the potential to impact tens of thousands of people in the US and could change standard practice related to one of the most common cancer predisposition syndromes ."