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Study Links Blood Type and Pancreatic Cancer
Date:3/10/2009

ve blood-type antigen patterns that differ from those in pancreatic tumor cells, leading to speculation that the ABO gene might have a role in determining whether cells become cancerous.

The authors, whose study was published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, wrote that their findings do not necessarily prove a direct link between blood-type antigens and pancreatic cancer development, but they may show that the ABO gene serves as a marker for other genes more directly involved in cancer development.

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The American Cancer Society has more about pancreatic cancer.

SOURCE: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, news release, March 10, 2009



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, news release, March 10, 2009


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