January 12, 2010
A new gene mutation has been discovered that may explain why some men are especially prone to developing prostate cancer
Boston (DbTechNo) – A new gene mutation has been discovered that may explain why some men are especially prone to developing prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is one of the more tricky forms of the disease, as it can either present as an aggressive tumor or a slow growing tumor which determines the appropriate form of treatment.
It is one of the more common types of cancer diagnosed in men, and the aggressive form of the disease is the second leading cancer killer for men in America.
Researchers have discovered a gene mutation dubbed “rs4054823″ which puts a man at a 25% increased risk of being diagnosed with the aggressive form of the disease.
“This finding addresses one of the most important clinical questions of prostate cancer — the ability at an early stage to distinguish between aggressive and slow-growing disease,” said the study’s lead author Jianfeng Xu, cancer expert at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina.
“Although the genetic marker currently has limited clinical utility, we believe it has the potential to one day be used in combination with other clinical variables and genetic markers to predict which men have aggressive prostate cancer at a stage when the disease is still curable.”
The study can be found in the upcoming addition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.