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NCI Cancer Center News

Blood chromosome differences are linked to pancreatic cancer

  • Posted: October 24, 2012

A new study by scientists at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic shows that a blood marker is linked to pancreatic cancer. The researchers say the study is the first time pancreatic cancer risk has been linked to differences in telomeres’ length in blood cells.

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