Can identical twinks develop cancer
A large, new study of identical and fraternal twins in Nordic countries finds that when one twin is diagnosed with any type of cancer, there is a higher than average risk that the other twin will also develop cancer. This risk of developing cancer was an estimated 14 percent higher in identical twins if one twin had cancer, and 5 percent higher in fraternal twins if one twin had cancer — compared to the average cancer risk of all the people in the study. The researchers also found that for 20 out of the 23 specific types of cancer studied, if one twin developed one type of cancer, the risk of the second twin also developing that same type of cancer was higher than average. This was true for cancers of the prostate, skin melanoma , breast, ovary and uterus, according to the study, published today Jan.
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Twins Study Offers Clues to Genetic Risk of Cancer
Researchers looked at more than , twins who participated in the Nordic Twin Study of Cancer. The twins were followed over an average of 32 years between and Date January 5, A large new study of twins has found that having a twin sibling diagnosed with cancer poses an excess risk for the other twin to develop any form of cancer.
Identical Twins Not So Identical
How do you explain identical twins that don't look alike? The stereotype of identical twins is that they are exactly the same: they look alike, they dress in matching outfits, they share the same likes and dislikes. Parents of identical twins know differently, however.
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