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Study examines cancer risks after cancer diagnosis in family member

sis of the first familial tumor.

"The most likely reason for the detection of familial cancers close in time is that the first diagnosis leads to the earlier detection of some asymptomatic tumors by increased surveillance in relatives," the authors write.

In an editorial, Marvin Zelen, Ph.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, notes that data on familial cancer risks may also be influenced by fluctuations in family size and that controlling for this may lead to more precise analyses. "It is apparent that in counseling, care must be taken with respect to using cancer risks derived from observations on families," he writes.


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Journal of the National Cancer Institute
1-Nov-2005


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