WOW! We made U.S. News and World Report! Multiple myeloma doesn’t make headlines very often–except on the financial pages. Here’s an excerpt and link to yesterday’s article:
Researchers Link Aging Gene to Blood Cancer
Their findings indicate a person’s risk for the disease could be inherited
By Allie Bidwell – August 18, 2013
The same gene that acts as a person’s internal clock has been linked to a common type of blood cancer, giving more support to the claim that the disease could be inherited.
A team of researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research in London found that the genetic variant that influences a person’s aging process was also present in four new variants linked to myeloma, a type of blood cancer that affects thousands of people each year…
“We know cancer often seems to ignore the usual controls over aging and cell death, and it will be fascinating to explore whether in blood cancers that is a result of a direct genetic link,” said co-author Richard Houlston, in a released statement. “Eventually, understanding the complex genetics of blood cancers should allow us to assess a person’s risk or identify new avenues for treatment.”
And because the variants are linked to a gene that can be inherited, the researchers believe there could be evidence that a person’s chances of developing myeloma can also be inherited…
And here’s an excerpt from today’s AP report about Cancer Research UK’s findings:
Dr Holger Auner, a Cancer Research UK myeloma expert who was not involved in the study, said the study was “important” and shed new light on how the disease develops.
“It provides further evidence that some people may inherit an increased risk of developing myeloma,” he said.
“But it’s important to remember that myeloma is not an inherited disease in the traditional sense that it is passed on from one generation to the next. The risk that an individual family member of a myeloma patient will also develop myeloma is extremely low,” he added.
Low, but more common than one might think! I have heard from dozens of readers over the past year, sharing how multiple myeloma has hit their family more than once.
Hopefully each research breakthrough brings us one step closer to a cure!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat