Most cancers are not passed on to children

Most cancers are not passed on to children

A short but very telling interview with Dr Raju Kucherlapati, a Paul C Cabot Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, says a great deal about the cutting edge of cancer and genetics research.

Dr Kucherlapati is part of the worldwide Cancer Genome Atlas project, an effort by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome to gain a comprehensive understanding of the genetic and genomic changes in 25 major cancers.

He has said how surgery, chemotherapy and radiation aren’t very effective in the treatment of cancer; “Chemotherapy and radiation do not discriminate normal cells and tumour cells and as a result, there are adverse effects associated with these types of treatments”.

In The Times of India interview he is asked “Will different treatments reduce the genetic vulnerability of an individual and will it lessen cancer risk in future generations?” 

He replied “Most cancers are the result of genetic changes that occur during the lifetime of an individual.  This does not affect future generations”.

So this is one of the foremost genetic experts in the world confirming that most cancers are not inherited from your parents but actually created throughout your own lifetime.

Makes you look at cancer a little differently eh?

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As reported by The Times of India on August 21, 2012.

Posted: Wednesday 22 August 2012