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Prostate cancer breakthrough as scientists crack genetic code behind nine in 10 tumours

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Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers, the Institute of Cancer Research
Thousands of men suffering from advanced prostate cancer have been offered new hope of a cure after scientists discovered the genetic cause behind 90 per cent of tumours.

Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers.

And, in some cases, there are already drugs which can tackle those genetic defects which are being used for other cancers.

Scientists said the breakthrough was like uncovering the ‘Rosetta Stone’ for prostate cancer, in reference to the stone tablet which helped Egyptologists break the code of hieroglyphics. The research was hailed by charities as ‘incredibly exciting.’

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The study was led in the UK by scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, in collaboration with researchers from eight academic clinical trials centres around the world.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11621351/Prostate-cancer-breakthrough-as-scientists-crack-genetic-code-behind-nine-in-10-tumours.html