Cancer Genetics


One of the main theories of cancer is that it is strongly based on genetics and mutations. In particular, it is believed that cancerous cells arise as a result of multiple genetic mutations.

Cancer Gene Types

A cancer cell seems to have several mutations, perhaps as many as 8. The types of genes that exhibit mutations tend to be:

  • Oncogenes
  • Tumor suppressor genes
  • Angiogenesis genes (blood supply genes)
  • Telomerase genes
  • Apoptosis genes
  • Metastasis genes

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