Some men may be more prone to prostate cancer because a variation in a specific gene makes them more susceptible to the harmful effects of cancer-causing agents, a new study shows. The results of the study led by Wake Forest University School of Medicine researcher Jianfeng Xu, Ph.D. will be published today in the British Journal of Cancer.
Xu and his team, in collaboration with researchers at Johns Hopkins University, looked at variations in a gene that controls the bodys response to carcinogens in the environment as well as hormones natural to the body. They found men with prostate cancer often had a different version of the gene than men who were not affected by the disease.
Scientists believe their findings may hold important clues in understanding what environmental factors may trigger the development of prostate cancer.
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