Study identifies New Genetic Variants Involved in Prostate Cancer Risk

Study identifies New Genetic Variants Involved in Prostate Cancer Risk
Genetic VariantsIn a new study entitled “A meta-analysis of 87,040 individuals identifies 23 new susceptibility loci for prostate cancer and published in the journal Nature Genetics, an international group of researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), University of Cambridge (UK) and the University of Southern California, identified 23 new genetic variants associated with prostate cancer risk, allowing them to explain up to a third of the inherited risk and enabling doctors to spot 1% of men who are up to six times more prone to develop prostate cancer than the average population. Researchers screened 87,040 men of different ethnicities, including European, African, Japanese, and Latino, including 43,303 men with prostate cancer. Around 100 genetic variants were screened, identifying 10% of men with a risk almost three times as high as the population average and leading scientists to determine whether targeted genetic screening can be an effective method of testing for prostate cancer risk. Furthermore, researchers could identify 16 new genetic markers linked to prostate cancer risk in European men, one of them associated with an increased risk of ea
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