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A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.

When Kelley Oliver Douglass got breast cancer, a genetic counselor posed an odd question: Do you and your children have trouble finding hats that fit?

They did, and that gave the counselor a clue to the source of the cancer: a mutation in a gene called Pten.

In addition to increasing head circumference, this rare mutation markedly raises the risk for several cancers, including prostate and breast cancer (the lifetime risk in carriers is 85 percent), as well as autism and schizophrenia in some individuals.

Read Gina Kolata’s full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/17/health/gene-mutation-cancer.html

source: The New York Times