Second Gene Linked to Familial Testicular Cancer – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. Researchers have suspected for years that heredity plays a role in some patients with testicular germ-cell cancer, the most common form of the disease. Men with a family member who had a testicular germ cell cancer have greater risk than other men of developing testicular cancer. Although a family history probably accounts for less than five percent of all testicular cancers, the careful study of rare familial cancer clusters has often led to important new understanding of the non-familial versions of the same cancer. Now a recent study shows that multiple genes with weaker individual effects – but acting together – probably influence an individualís risk of familial testicular cancer. For more information, visit www.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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