Last updated: September 11, 2003
Prostate Cancer Genetics Study (CaP Genes)
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the United States.
This disease appears to run in families; many men who have close relatives with prostate
cancer are at an increased risk of developing this disease themselves. One possible explanation for the familiality of prostate cancer is genetics, and
recent research has suggested some regions in DNA--the genetic material that guides our
growth and development--that might harbor alterations that increase the risk.
We are collecting blood from these men, as well as basic information on their
health and habits. From the blood we will get DNA, and then use this information look at
those genes that plausibly could lead to prostate cancer, based on current scientific
evidence. The information from this study will help provide men with additional knowledge about
their risk of prostate cancer and, if they are already diseased, how genes might influence
their response to treatment.
Pilot funds to initiate the study were also provided by the
To learn more about CaP Genes or how to join the Study, please call our Coordinators at 216-368-6203.
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