Monday, 2 April 2007

Link between genes and prostate cancer found

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Cancer has been thought of as being caused by genetic predisposition plus certain lifestyle choices by many experts. Prostate cancer was the focus of a recent study, however, that linked genetic risk factors directly to prostate cancer in men.

One of the lead researchers stated that "The importance of it is that this is the first real evidence of the genetic basis of prostate cancer ... it gives us the first real insight we've had into the cause of this disease and how we might do something about it".

The research concluded that seven genetic risk factors bunched in a relatively small region of one of the human chromosomes were reliable predictors for a man's probability of developing prostate cancer.

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