Gene variants increase colorectal cancer risk, study shows

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Gene variants increase colorectal cancer risk, study shows

International findings are based on analyses of more than 18,000 cases

An international team of researchers, including several from the University of Washington, has identified six new locations in the human genome where people could be more at risk for colorectal cancer. The findings, based on an analysis of numerous independent studies including more than 18,000 cases of colorectal cancer, were published this month in the journal Nature Communications

The researchers reported a 9 percent to 16 percent increase in the odds of developing colorectal cancer for each risk variant a person carries.