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Genetics of specific cancers. Summary 

Genetics of specific cancers. Summary
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Genetics of specific cancers. Summary
Author(s):

Patricia Webb

and Lorraine Robinson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0012
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date: 20 August 2019

The first chapter in this section provides a firm base for beginning to think about the genetic influences in cancer. Cancer develops from a combination of many factors, of which genetic mutations may be one. Cancers are a complex group of diseases. The remaining chapters in Section 3 concentrate on the genetics of specific cancers, detailing the genes involved in various hereditary cancers (breast, ovarian, colorectal, gastric and related gynaecological cancers, prostate cancer and rare cancer syndromes) and the risks associated with cancer-predisposing mutations in those genes. Summary points are provided for each chapter in the section, along with guided activities and further resources for each chapter.

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