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Genetic causes of prostate cancer

Scientists at the ICR have discovered more than 40 new areas of the genome associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Each of the genetic sites identified increases a person’s risk of developing prostate cancer by up to 60 per cent. This dramatic discovery has also included identifying specific genes which could, in the future, be used in screening men with a family history of prostate cancer. The discovery will also allow for scientists to eventually develop drugs which can specifically target these genetic causes of prostate cancer.

Read more about Dr Ros Eeles' work at The Institute of Cancer Research website

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