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Inheritance Important In Most Cancers, Says Stanford Researcher

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July 30, 2001
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Stanford University School Of Medicine
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Family history is an important risk factor for most, if not all, cancers, says a Stanford University Medical Center researcher. The finding runs counter to an earlier study that pinpointed environment as the primary culprit and downplayed the contribution of genes in the development of the disease. When the researcher, Neil Risch, PhD, used a different statistical model to analyze the data from the previous study he found that nearly all cancers can be passed equally through families.

STANFORD, Calif. - Family history is an important risk factor for most, if not all, cancers, says a Stanford University Medical Center researcher. The finding runs counter to an earlier study that pinpointed environment as the primary culprit and downplayed the contribution of genes in the development of the disease. When the researcher, Neil Risch, PhD, used a different statistical model to analyze the data from the previous study he found that nearly all cancers can be passed equally through families. He also showed that cancers that occur early in life are more likely to have a genetic component than cancers diagnosed in later years.


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