Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
In the not so distant past, it was reasonable to doubt that inheritance contributed to one's risk of developing cancer. Today, that position is untenable. It has been firmly established that patients can inherit a susceptibility to many cancers at birth. Perhaps more important, it is clear that many of the same genes found to be altered in a patient at risk for cancer are also altered in patients who develop a spontaneous cancer. This greater level of understanding of the specific genetic changes in cancers should lead to more effective and specific therapies, and, as suggested in the title of Michael Waldholtz's new book, should eventually lead to a cancer cure.
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