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deCODE and Radboud University Discover Common Variants in the Human Genome Conferring Risk of Bladder Cancer
Date:9/14/2008

order to bring these swiftly into the healthcare arena, and have already folded today's findings into our deCODEme(TM) personal genome analysis service. At the same time, we are working to identify the common thread of variants we and others have discovered on chromosome 8q24 that confer risk of several forms of cancer, including prostate, breast, colorectal and now bladder. If a common molecular mechanism exists, it could provide an important insight into oncogenesis more broadly," said Kari Stefansson, CEO of deCODE.

For a more detailed discussion of today's findings you can watch a video discussion between Dr. Stefansson and Dr. Simon Stacey on our blog, at http://www.decodeyou.com.

Urinary bladder cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer in the United States. It is estimated that 68,810 individuals will be diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States during 2008 and that 14,100 people will die of the disease. Bladder cancer has been linked to exposure to various types of toxic substances such as cigarette smoke and industrial chemicals. Although it has been known for some time that genetic factors also play a significant role, identifying validated genetic risk variants had been problematic. Incidence of bladder cancer varies considerably between ethnicities, and as the risk factors reported here were discovered by analyzing DNA from groups of European descent, it is our hope that the publication of these findings will contribute to the swift analysis of the impact of these variants in cohorts of other continental ancestries.

The authors wish to thank the thousands of patients and control subjects who participated in this study, and acknowledge the assistance of national cancer registries that worked to identify potential participants. Data and sample collection in Iceland and the Netherlands was funded in part by European commission grants LSHC-CT-2005-018827 and LSHM-CT-2004-
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