Possible breakthrough identified in the study myeloma, an aggressive bone cancer. Scientists have identified a gene that according to their assurances, may 30 percent to predict the occurrence of this type of cancer.
It was already known that relatives of those suffering from incurable cancer, have an increased chance of getting sick with this disease, but so far, none of the responsible gene has not been identified. Scientists have discovered two sections of DNA that are more common in people with multiple myeloma, and therefore are associated with increased likelihood of developing the disease. Professor Gareth Morgan from the Organization for research on cancer stated that these findings are particularly important because the disease is becoming more common among the elderly.
"Multiple myeloma is an aggressive cancer, which, unfortunately, has a poor survival rate. Learning more about the biology of multiple myeloma, we hope to create new drugs that could improve patient outcomes. Multiple myeloma is becoming more common as the aging population, and therefore even more important that we find new treatments," he says. Myeloma is a type of bone marrow cancer that affects plasma cells within the bone marrow, which are an important part of the immune system. Usually it appears as a lump or tumor, and has symptoms such as pain in the bones and frequent fractures, which complicates diagnosis. Currently there is no effective treatment of this disease treatment, but chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation can control its development.