Most people are aware that genetics play a roll in their chance of developing cancer. Gene mutations passed from generation to generation can be important in some tumors but not others. Now scientists have identified 12 cancers that can be blamed on heredity with some additional findings being good news/bad news for men.
The 12 cancers due to genetics are ovarian, stomach, breast, prostate, two types of lung disease, glioma, head and neck, endometrial, kidney, glioblastoma and acute myeloid leukemia. They’ve also found the ‘Angelina Jolie gene’ is responsible for more than just breast and ovarian cancer. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are also responsible for
The BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are most commonly associated with breast and ovarian cancer but scientists were surprised to discover these mutations play a key role in stomach and prostate cancers but say more studies are needed to determine if this will increase the risk due to heredity.