Can I inherit cancer ?

Can cancer be inherited? Genes contain the information your body uses to grow and function. You have 2 copies of each gene, with 1 copy inherited from each parent. Sometimes, particular mutations, or changes, to genes can increase the risk of developing cancer. These mutations may be a

Genetic Changes and Cancer

Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, cancer is caused by certain changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. Genes carry the instructions to make proteins, which do much of the work in our cells. Certain gene changes can cause cells to evade

Diet And Your Genes

Your genetic makeup affects how your body processes nutrients in the food you eat. And the nutrients in turn can have an effect on certain genetic activities within your body. For instance, the nutrient folate, contained in a variety of fruits and vegetables, can turn off certain genes.  In doing so, folate can protect against

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