Hereditary Link Determined in Pancreatic Cancer

NEW YORK - In a recent report from the International Journal of Cancer, a Canadian team of researchers has discovered a hereditary link concerning pancreatic cancer.

The team from the University of Toronto researched a case-control study of 174 patients with incident pancreatic cancer cases. An additional 136 healthy control patients were also included.

In the group with pancreatic cancer, there were 150 cases of cancer in first-degree relatives. There were 122 cases within the control group. The researchers determined the risk of pancreatic cancer was 4.7 percent higher for those with a first-degree relative that had also suffered from the disease. The percentage jumped to 12.3 percent for those with first-degree relatives who had suffered from more than one form of cancer.

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