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Four variants found linked to ovarian cancer

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September 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic and other institutions have identified four genetic variants linked to a woman's risk of developing ovarian cancer. The findings come from a study of more than 24,000 women that spanned three continents.

Researchers found that three loci, or locations on the chromosome, had a much stronger link to susceptibility than the others, and a fourth approached "genome-wide significance," according to a news release.

These particular loci are associated with the most aggressive and common of the four main types of ovarian cancer.

Researchers say the discoveries move them a closer to individualized risk assessments for ovarian cancer.

The findings appear in Nature Genetics.

Ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined.

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