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Blood study of Y chromosome predicts shorter survival

By Sharon Kingman
Staff Writer

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
LONDON – Older men who have lost the Y chromosome from their peripheral blood cells are significantly more likely to develop cancer and to die than those who retain the Y chromosome in their blood cells, a study in Sweden has found. The study suggests that it may be possible within a few years for all older men to have a simple blood test to determine whether they are at higher risk of developing cancer. Lars Forsberg, researcher at the Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University in Sweden, told BioWorld Today: "It's been known for a long time that men die younger than women, that they get cancer more than women do, and that their mortality from cancer is higher than that of women."

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