'Leap forward' in finding genetic causes of cancer

A Cambridge University scientist studies test results.

Revolutionary tests for the most common forms of cancer could soon be available thanks to a large study which revealed links between genetic variations and breast, prostate and ovarian cancers.

University of Cambridge scientists tested 200,000 people to discover the genetic alterations most common in people who had cancer.

Professor Ros Eeles, professor of oncogenetics at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), said: “These results are the single biggest leap forward in finding the genetic causes of prostate cancer yet made.

"They allow us, for the first time, to identify men who have a very high risk of developing prostate cancer during their lifetime through inheritance of multiple risk genetic variants."