28 Mar 2013

Genetic markers for cancer risk revealed

2:13 pm on 28 March 2013

A new international study has uncovered dozens of genes that could increase a person's risk of developing breast, ovarian and prostate cancer.

More than 80 genetic markers have been found in the largest study of its kind, the BBC reports.

The DNA of 200,000 - half of them with cancer and half without - was compared, revealing an individual's inherited risk of the diseases.

The British scientists who led the research believe it could lead to a DNA screening test within five years.

They also hope it will boost knowledge of how the cancers develop.

The main findings are published in five articles in the journal Nature Genetics.