Other types of cancer analysed in the study included those found in prostate, lungs, brain and nervous system, uterus, blood, etc.
“In general, we have known that ovarian and breast cancers have a significant inherited component, and others, such as acute myeloid leukemia and lung cancer, have a much smaller inherited genetic contribution,” said senior author Li Ding of the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University. “But this is the first time on a large scale that we’ve been able to pinpoint gene culprits or even the actual mutations responsible for cancer susceptibility.”
The study was carried out by researchers from several US universities including Washington University, St.Louis, Ohio State University, Brown University and Medical College Wisconsin. It was recently published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.