Uncovering a gene for oesophagal cancer

by Medindia Content Team on  October 17, 2001 at 11:47 AM General Health News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

Uncovering a gene for oesophagal cancer
Scientists are close to uncovering a gene that may influence the risk of oesophagal cancer. A family in Liverpool, England, is helping Cancer Research Campaign scientists learn more of the genetic basis of cancer of the oesophagus. Twenty one members of this family have died of this cancer over five generations. The disease affects those who also have a mild skin disorder called tylosis.

The researchers are studying 350 members of the extended Liverpool family. Those who have tylosis are assumed to have inherited a faulty gene which also predisposes to cancer of the oesophagus. They are helped with regular screening where the oesophagus is examined by a miniature camera and tissue biopsies taken to reveal any potentially cancerous change. Meanwhile, the search for the gene has been narrowed down to one small area of chromosome 17. Once it's identified, it will shed light upon not just inherited oesophagal cancer, but also the more common forms of the disease. Survival rates in oesophagal cancer are poor - just six per cent after five years for men and seven for women - so there's an urgent need for increased understanding of the condition.


Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

More News on:

DNA Finger Printing Cancer and Homeopathy Cancer Facts Cancer 

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive