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Bioethics and the Law in Familial Cancer, a Practical Approach

DOI: 10.4236/ojpathology.2012.22009, PP. 42-44

Keywords: Cancer, Hereditary, Ethics, Law

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Hereditary cancers are the result of germline mutations in specific genes that increase susceptibility to cancer. This susceptibility is spread among family members according to different patterns of inheritance. Inherited susceptibility to cancer, does not imply the certainty of developing it in all cases. In this sense many questions have come out in recent years, not only in the medical sense but also in the field of bioethics and the law.

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