Genetic screening for prostate cancer

Published: March, 2009

Genes regulate the growth, multiplication, and death of all human cells. Cancer develops when cell growth escapes from the normal control that holds it in check. In a fundamental sense, then, all cancers depend on genetic abnormalities.

In some cases, abnormal genes are passed down from parent to child. In others, problems develop after birth as a result of environmental influences, including nutritional imbalances and exposure to tobacco, radiation, and toxins.

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