An international collaboration of researchers has identified five new gene regions that increase a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer, one of the most common cancers to affect women, taking the number of known gene regions associated with the disease to nine.
Harveer Dev, an alumnus of St John’s College Cambridge, has received a Royal College of Surgeons Research Scholar Fulbright Award to enable him to research at Harvard University on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.
A study published in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that tests to grade and stage prostate cancer underestimated the severity of the disease in half of men whose cancers had been classified as ‘slow growing’.
Scientists have discovered that the presence of a specific protein can distinguish between prostate cancers that are aggressive and need further treatment, and those that may never seriously harm the patient.
Over 80 regions of the genome that can increase an individual’s risk of breast, prostate and ovarian cancers have been found in the largest ever study of its kind.