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 [...]
We frequently hear about connections between our genes and the risk of developing prostate and other cancers. However, a new study provides further evidence in support of an old idea that our genes may affect something much more important than the development of cancer; indeed, this new research supports the concept that our genes affect survival from prostate cancer.