January 27, 2010

New Genetic Links for Pancreatic Cancer

By Kelley Luckstein

At least three newly discovered genetic variants may contribute to pancreatic cancer risk, according to a new study. Researchers say it’s the largest study to date to identify potential genetic risk factors for the mysterious disease…researchers conducted a genome-wide scan in 3,851 people with the disease and a comparison group of 3,934 healthy individuals. The results, published in Nature Genetics, showed genetic variants on three locations in different chromosomes were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer


“These results, in turn, should help to inform new preventive, diagnostic, and/or therapeutic approaches designed to lessen the burden of this highly fatal disease,” write researcher Gloria Petersen, of the department of health sciences research at the college of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues.


WebMD, by Jennifer Warner, 1/25/10

Tags: pancreatic cancer, Urology

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