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Glossary: familial cancer, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

familial cancer

(fuh-MIH-lee-ul KAN-ser)

Cancer that occurs in families more often than would be expected by chance. These cancers often occur at an early age, and may indicate the presence of a gene mutation that increases the risk of cancer. They may also be a sign of shared environmental or lifestyle factors.

2002-07-19