Science Surgery: ‘Could more cancers be caused by inherited faulty genes than we now think?’
Victoria asked: ‘Is it possible that more cancers are caused by inherited faulty genes than we now think?’
To get to the bottom of this, we spoke to one of our experts on genetics and cancer risk, Professor Douglas Easton. It turns out the short answer is: yes. Because as scientists carry out further in-depth research, it’s possible that we’ll find more faulty genes that we didn’t know about. Before getting to the important nitty gritty though, we need to highlight the differences between faulty genes that can be inherited and those that can’t, and set the scene.