Penn Researchers discover genetic risk factor for testicular cancer


June 2, 2009

Penn Medicine News Release

Kate Nathanson, MD
, an assistant professor in the division of Medical Genetics, is quoted in a Forbes article about her new Nature Genetics study in which she and co-author Peter Kanetsky, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor of Epidemiology, uncovered variation around two genes that are associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men, and its incidence among non-Hispanic Caucasian men has doubled in the last 40 years. "Despite being quite heritable, there really have not been any clear genetic risk factors that can account for most cases of testicular cancer. These variants are the first striking genetic risk factors found for this disease to date," Nathanson says. NBC 10 also covered the story... Read More

US News & World Report
Forbes Article
NBC 10 Article
The Daily Pennsylvanian