New gene changes linked to greater risk of brain and ovarian cancer

Genetic changes and variants linked to the development of brain and ovarian cancers have been discovered in two new studies. This significant development offers researchers the chance to understand more about how these cancers develop and how they may one day be treated, or even prevented.

The two studies, published Tuesday, scanned the genomes of tens of thousand of individuals with and without these forms of cancer and revealed 13 new gene mutations linked to increased risk of glioma — the most common form of brain cancer — and 12 new gene variants, or types, that increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

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