Familial cancer syndromes

Michelle P. Elieff, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Rodolfo Montironi, Liang Cheng

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In 2006, about 1.4 million new cancers were diagnosed in the United States. This includes 1 million non-melanomatous skin cancers. Almost 10 million Americans are alive today with a diagnosis of cancer. The likelihood that any given person has a family history of cancer is, therefore, quite high. The majority of these cases are due to complex environmental factors or chance. However, in 5-10% of cases this is due to a heritable familial cancer syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMolecular Genetic Pathology
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781588299741
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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    Elieff, M. P., Lopez-Beltran, A., Montironi, R., & Cheng, L. (2008). Familial cancer syndromes. In Molecular Genetic Pathology (pp. 449-466). Humana Press. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-59745-405-6_18