Genetics & Genomics

PALB2 and the Risks for Cancer: Implications for Clinical Care

Edith C. Smith

breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, genetics, inherited cancer risk
ONF 2015, 42(1), 100-102. DOI: 10.1188/15.ONF.100-102

Mutations in the PALB2 gene are responsible for a small but significant percentage of cancer risks in familial breast and pancreatic cancer families. PALB2 mutations may be associated with an increase in other cancer risks as well. This article will provide an overview of the PALB2 gene, cancer risks associated with carrying a PALB2 mutation, and implications for patient care.

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