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Particular DNA changes linked with prostate cancer development and lethality

  • Posted: April 22, 2013

A new analysis has found that the loss or amplification of particular DNA regions contributes to the development of prostate cancer, and that patients with two of these DNA changes have a high likelihood of dying from the disease. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study from the the Wake Forest School of Medicine (home of the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center) provides valuable information on the genetics of prostate cancer and offers insights into which patients should be treated aggressively.

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