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Mutant gene cancer risk

22nd January 2008

A study by scientists at Manchester University has discovered that women whose children have cancer could be at an increased risk of developing cancer themselves.

A gene called p53 can mutate and cause some women and their offspring to be more at risk of the disease.

Professor Jillian Birch, director of Cancer Research UK's paediatric and familial cancer research group at Manchester University, said: "Inheritance of such abnormal genes is extremely rare but research like this on these rare families can lead to clues about what might cause breast cancer and childhood cancers more generally."

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