Scientists Discover Genetic Signs for Determining Cancer

CancerThe collaborated efforts of more than 100 institutes that conducted genetic examinations on around 200,000 people have discovered dozen of signs in the DNA that can be helpful in revealing the future risks to a person from various types of cancers such as breast, ovarian or prostate cancer.

The study suggested that the days are not far away when the tests for pre-determining the genetic risks of cancer will b e readily available. It also suggested that these tests may be further helping in finding treatments for the incurable forms of cancer.

Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, suggested that the study has acted as another milestone in the path heading towards defeating cancer.

The study explained that among the men that have a family history of prostate cancer highlights a risk of 20% of getting affected by same. Similar genetics signs will also helps in finding people with 60 per cent risk. The study reveals the fact that such signs can also be proved beneficial for determining women with BRCA gene mutations.

One of the researchers, Douglas Easton of Cambridge University, suggested that the study can disclose the clues about the biological underpinnings of these cancers which will be helpful in determining better treatments.

Hilary Burton, director of the PHG Foundation, a genomics think-tank in Cambridge, England suggested that these genetic tests can be beneficial for detecting people who need to undergo mammography or PSA testing