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Biochim Biophys Acta. 1999 Jan 29;1423(1):F1-13.

Genetic epidemiology of prostate cancer.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Ont., Canada. narod@ftn.net

Abstract

A family history of prostate cancer is a consistent risk factor for prostate cancer, and can also be used to predict the presence of prostate cancer among asymptomatic men who undergo PSA screening. Approximately 5% of cases of prostate cancer have a familial component. The genetic epidemiology of prostate cancer is complex, and genes on chromosome 1 and X chromosome contribute to familial aggregation. Neither of these prostate cancer susceptibility genes have been identified, but are the subject of an active search. Hereditary prostate cancer resembles non-hereditary cancer in terms of age of onset, pathologic appearance and grade.

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