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People with a form of muscular dystrophy may have elevated cancer risk

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.

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NCI Press Release: People with a form of muscular dystrophy may have elevated cancer risk

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) press release for the study  

NCI Cancer Bulletin: Most common adult muscular dystrophy linked to increased cancer risk

News article in NCI’s bi-weekly newsletter the Cancer Bulletin

DCEG Linkage: Scientific Highlight: Myotonic muscular dystrophy and cancer risk

Research highlight in the DCEG Linkage Newsletter

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