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Prostate cancer

17 August 2011

5 genes tied to lethal prostate cancer

In what may be a diagnostic advance, U.S. and Swedish researchers have linked five inherited genetic mutations to the development of a particularly aggressive and deadly form of prostate cancer.

In what may be a diagnostic advance, US and Swedish researchers have linked five inherited genetic mutations to the development of a particularly aggressive and deadly form of prostate cancer.

At issue are longstanding concerns about unnecessary over-treatment of many prostate cancer patients who actually face a relatively low risk for fast disease progression and death. Because treatment can bring about undesirable side effects, such as sexual impotence and urinary incontinence, an effort has been under way to achieve a more personalised assessment of a patient's particular prognosis after diagnosis.

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