Scientists at Georgia Health Sciences University identified a mutation in the p53 tumor suppressor gene that might underlie racial differences in breast and colon cancers. Black people with a specific genetic profile are more likely than whites and Asians with a different genetic profile to get breast or colorectal cancers at a young age, the researchers say. The researchers compared patients' normal genome from blood with tissue samples from tumors to identify the mutation.
Research links gene mutation with racial differences in some cancers
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