NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,177 terms related to cancer and medicine.

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genetic
(jeh-NEH-tik)
Having to do with genes. Most genes are sequences of DNA that contain information for making specific RNA molecules or proteins that perform important functions in a cell. The information in genes is passed down from parent to child. Sometimes, certain changes in genes can affect a person’s risk of disease, such as cancer. These changes may be inherited or they may occur with age or exposure to environmental factors, such as diet, exercise, drugs, and chemicals.