Oncology & Cancer

'Junk DNA' affects inherited cancer risk

A person's risk of developing cancer is affected by genetic variations in regions of DNA that don't code for proteins, previously dismissed as 'junk DNA', according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer ...

Oncology & Cancer

Researchers identify new gene mutation in familial thyroid cancers

Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine identified a new gene mutation that may cause a type of familial thyroid cancer. Dr. Darrin Bann, an otolaryngology resident at the College of Medicine and lead author of the ...

Oncology & Cancer

Genetic alterations caused by cancer therapies identified

Living implies change. This is what happens to the cells of our bodies as we grow older: They accumulate genetic alterations, most of which are harmless. However, in some specific cases, these mutations can affect certain ...

Oncology & Cancer

Genetic diversity facilitates cancer therapy

The constant battle against infectious pathogens has had a decisive influence on the human immune system over the course of our evolution. A key role in our adaptation to pathogens is played by HLA molecules. These proteins ...

Genetics

Bariatric surgery in obese patients may lower cancer risk

(HealthDay)—For patients with obesity, undergoing bariatric surgery is associated with a significantly reduced risk for cancer overall and a lower rate of breast malignancy among those with a genetic predisposition to breast ...

Medical research

Blood test can predict prognosis in deadly brain cancer

A blood test that measures the amount of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in the bloodstream—called a liquid biopsy—correlates with how patients will progress after they are diagnosed with glioblastoma (GBM), the deadliest and most ...

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