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Melbourne researchers have discovered a new way to interpret mammograms that could transform routine breast screening and save lives.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has become the International Patron of the Australian Twin Registry, based at the University of Melbourne, and the Danish Twin Registry, announced in a joint ceremony in Denmark overnight.

Mothers, sisters and daughters from breast cancer families with known genetic mutations do not all share the same high risk of developing the disease, according to a new international study involving the University of Melbourne.