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Many Children With Cancer Were Born With Genes that Increase Risk

A new study of children with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent of sick children were born with gene mutations that increased their risk of developing the disease. The study also revealed that family history of cancer is not as strong a predictor of childhood cancers as had been previously thought.

“This paper marks an important turning point in our understanding of pediatric cancer risk and will likely change how patients are evaluated,” Dr. James Downing of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, who worked on the study, said in a statement.”

“In the study, researchers sequenced both tumor and normal tissues from 1,120 children with cancer and found that 8.5 percent had cancer risk genes within their normal tissue that increased their risk of developing cancer.”

“By comparison, only about 1 percent of individuals in the general population carried those mutations.” Read more.

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