Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Sex-Linked Genes of Ovarian Cancer

    A new study has found that the X-chromosome passed down by the father may have an affect on Ovarian cancer rates in their female offspring. It was first noticed that sisters of ovarian cancer patients have a higher risk of ovarian cancer than their mothers which led researchers to question if it had something to do with the paternal X-chromosome. A sequencing of the x-chromosome from ovarianc cancer patients revealed a previously unknown mutation that is associated with the risk of ovarian cancer. It was found that patients with this mutation develop Ovarian cancer about 6 years before the average age of onset in the general populace.

   Cancer is a disease that we as humans have a hard time finding an effective way to combat, especially since it can exist in so many forms. This discovery however can help tremendously in pre-cancer screenings and other early detection mechanisms in order to catch cancer in its infancy before its had time to develop into a more serious state. People who are found to have this genetic mutation will likely want to have more frequent cancer screenings as their risk is notably higher than the risk of the average person.

Article - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320937.php
Additional Article - https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/23/health/ovarian-cancer-new-gene-x-chromosome-study/index.html
Journal - http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1007194

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