July 6th, 2020

Is Colon Cancer Hereditary?

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in the United States, with the exclusion of skin cancers. The lifetime risk of disease development is 4.1% for women and 4.4% for men. Despite the disease’s prevalence, many people are unaware of the symptoms of colon cancer and whether or not the disease is hereditary, or can run in families. Here, we describe colon cancer, including its symptoms, causes and therapies, and the prevalence of and gene mutations associated with hereditary... [+]
June 25th, 2020

How do Scientists identify hereditary cancer gene mutations?

Today, there are thousands of gene variations associated with an increased risk of developing cancer. With such a large number of gene variations affecting disease development, it’s easy to overlook exactly how they’re discovered. Some of these variants are quite common with a small effect size, or low contribution to the development of a particular disease, and others are exceedingly rare variants with a large effect, such as hereditary cancer gene mutations. For the purposes of this article,... [+]