Posted on December 13, 2011
Adults with a form of muscular dystrophy called myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD) may be at increased risk of developing cancer, according to a study by investigators at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The scientists suggest that some of the genetic changes that lead to MMD may also be responsible for the observed increase in cancer risk, but more research is needed to confirm this hypothesis. The study appeared Dec. 14, 2011, in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) press release for the study
News article in NCI’s bi-weekly newsletter the Cancer Bulletin (Archive)
Research highlight in the DCEG Linkage Newsletter