Science Questions

Sun, 20th Feb 2005

Part of the show Cancer and Complementary Therapies

Question

Maggie asked:

My dad died from cancer. What are the chances that I or my brothers will get cancer? Are there genes for cancer?

Answer

There are some families that have a very strong history of cancer, but these are mercifully very rare. The majority of cancers are sporadic. There are probably some influences that can give you a slight increase of cancer risk, but inherited cancers themselves are actually very rare.

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