Chicago Identifies Gene Thought to Increase Cancer Risk By 26 Percent | GenomeWeb

Researchers from Chicago have shown that a gene present in almost 10 percent of the population is the “most commonly inherited cancer susceptibility” gene identified so far, and increases cancer risk by 26 percent.

The gene, transforming growth factor beta receptor 1*6A, which is more common than the BRCA gene mutations, may increase the risk of breast cancer by 48 percent, ovarian cancer by 53 percent, and colon cancer by 38 percent, the researchers have found.

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