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Inheritance and Genetics of Cancer

Genetics of Cancer:

Some genetic mutations that lead to cancer, or an increased susceptibility to cancer, are inherited.

Cancer: Genetics Information

Genetics of Cancer: The predominant mechanisms for the cancers featured here are (i) impairment of a DNA repair pathway (ii) the transformation of a normal gene into an oncogene and (iii) the malfunction of a tumor supressor gene. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Cancer refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.


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