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Family Studies Explore the Causes of Cancer

For more than thirty years, NCI scientists have studied families in which multiple individuals have developed specific cancers. The research, now aided by new genomic technologies, is leading to the discovery of genes that affect cancer risk in families and the general populations.

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The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) is a research program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Division is the world’s most comprehensive cancer epidemiology research group. Its renowned epidemiologists, geneticists, and biostatisticians conduct population and multidisciplinary research to discover the genetic and environmental determinants of cancer and new approaches to cancer prevention. The Division’s research impacts public health policy in the United States and around the world.

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