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Does cancer run in families?

second-degree and more distant relatives.

"By utilizing a population approach, we have been able to draw a portrait of cancer risk as a public health problem over the span of many decades. Our findings indicate that genetic factors contribute to the risk of specific cancers, but also that certain types of cancer can be looked upon collectively as broad, complex phenotypes. The next step in this work is to isolate the key genes contributing to the common forms of the disease and to use this information to develop better medicine. At the same time it is crucial to emphasize that lifestyle and environmental factors play a very significant role in the development of cancer and are things we may all be able to do something about today," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE and senior author on the study.


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Contact: Paul Ocampo
pocampo@plos.org
415-624-1224
Public Library of Science
27-Dec-2004


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