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Understanding Cancer Series

  • Posted: 01/28/2005
  • Reviewed: 09/30/2009

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Heredity Can Affect Many Types of Cancer

Inherited mutations can influence a person's risk of developing many types of cancer in addition to breast cancer. For example, certain inherited mutations have been described that increase a person's risk of developing colon, kidney, bone, skin or other specific forms of cancer. But these hereditary conditions are thought to be involved in only 10 percent or fewer of all cancer cases.

Heredity Can Affect Many Types of Cancer