If you or someone you know may have Hereditary Mixed Polyposis Syndrome, there is some interesting news from the research world that is worth knowing about. What is Hereditary Mixed Polyposis Syndrome? Hereditary Mixed Polyposis Syndrome (HMPS) is a very rare inherited cancer predisposition syndrome in which a significant number of polyps develop in the [...]
Two days ago we discussed a recent study by Dr. Nazneen Rahman and colleagues which clearly demonstrated that inherited mutations in a gene called RAD51D result in a substantial elevation in risk for ovarian cancer. This elevation in risk was seen in some families in which other cancer types were seen in the family tree. So, does this mean that the other cancer types in these families are also due to the RAD51D mutations?
If you are interested in cancer prevention, you may know that for common cancers family history is one of the most important and useful tools that we have to identify people at elevated risk (who are likely to benefit most from more intensive screening and/or preventative measures). Despite this fact, discussion of family history often [...]
Tony Snow, Former Bush Press Secretary, Dies at 53: A Reminder About Familial Colon Cancer and Opportunities for Prevention
Tony Snow, the conservative writer, commentator, and former Bush administration Press Secretary, died on the morning of July 12 at the age of 53 of colorectal cancer.
It’s worth mentioning that Mr. Snow had a family history of colon cancer, as his mother died of the disease when he was 17 years old.
We know from both population-based epidemiologic studies and from twin studies that our genes make a substantial contribution to risk for colorectal (aka colon) cancer. Although there are several relatively uncommon familial colon cancer predisposition syndromes (which account for <5% of all colon cancer) with known genes involved, progress towards unraveling genomic variants involved in [...]