Better Treatments For Inherited Form Of Colon Cancer?

News, Treatment — By on November 4, 2008 at 9:00 am

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute believe they may be one step closer to understanding how certain forms of colon cancer develop.

In a study using siblings diagnosed with colon cancer, scientists discovered similarities on a region of a particular chromosome, referred to as 7q31.

Researchers believe that piece of genetic material may be causing a subset of colon cancers that run in families. “It’s those genetic similarities in colon cancer patients that would suggest that region holds a gene that’s causing colon cancer,” says Deborah Neklason, PhD and lead investigator on the study.

Scientists already know roughly 30 percent of all colon cancers are a direct result of an inherited gene, but less than five percent of these genes have been identified.

The findings could ultimately lead to a better understanding of the cellular process that results in cancer and its progression. It will likely pave the way for more targeted research that could someday result in a screening test to detect genetic forms of colon cancer.

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  • joncancer says:

    Unfortunately prostate cancer symptoms are not seen in the early stages when it can be curable. Decrease in food intake, lack of hunger, weight loss, softening of bone are the symptoms seen in advanced stages.

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