BRCA Mutations and Prostate Cancer

When Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy hit the headlines in May this year there was a lot of press coverage including discussions about BRCA 1 and 2 genes. These conversations centered on women and their risk of breast or ovarian cancer. But, what about BRCA 1 and 2 in relation to prostate cancer, is there any? [...]

Prostate Cancer and the Role of Genes As Prognosticators

We know that both a positive family history and racial background are among the strongest epidemiological risk factors for prostate cancer. It is also recognized that the role of candidate genetic markers to prostate cancer is more difficult to identify than the identification of other cancer susceptibility genes. Despite the localization of several susceptibility loci, [...]

The Role of BRCA2 Mutations in Aggressive Prostate Cancer

According to research published today in the British Journal of Cancer, routine testing for a faulty BRCA2 gene (Kote-Jarai Z et al, BRCA2 is a gene contributing to young onset prostate cancer: implications for genetic testing in prostate cancer patients British Journal of Cancer (2011) doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.383) in men under 65 years with prostate cancer could [...]

Danger BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genes and Prostate Cancer

A faulty gene closely associated with breast cancer is also responsible for a particularly dangerous form of prostate cancer, research has confirmed. The British Journal of Cancer reported a study that a University of Toronto research team found prostate cancer patients carrying the BRCA2 gene lived on average for four years after diagnosis as opposed [...]

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