Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The CAG repeat in exon 1 of the androgen receptor (AR) genes has been postulated as both a susceptibility allele and phenotypic modifier in BRCA1-associated breast cancers. We have analysed this repeat in a set of 178 breast cancer cases who have been selected only for age of presentation at 65 years or less. No effect of repeat length on age of presentation was found and there was no association between repeat length and family history. In combination with the data from other workers, our findings suggest that the androgen receptor repeat does not act as a modifier gene or susceptibility locus outside the context of the hereditary breast/ovarian cancer syndrome.

Original publication




Journal article


Eur J Cancer

Publication Date





533 - 534


Adult, Age of Onset, Breast Neoplasms, Exons, Female, Humans, Middle Aged, Receptors, Androgen, Trinucleotide Repeats