Gene Variant May Predict Early Onset of Brain Tumors

by: cancercompass

New research may help scientist understand why certain people are at a greater risk of developing brain tumors earlier in life.

Scientists from the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) evaluated 254 people with glioblastoma multiforme brain tumors, the most common type of brain cancer, and 238 healthy people. The scientists found a specific gene variant that may indicate early onset of brain cancer.

According to a press release from the American Academy of Neurology, 20.6% of people younger than 45 with cancer had the gene variant, compared to 6.4% of people older than 45 with brain tumors and 5.9% of the healthy participants.

Study authors noted that glioblastomas are infrequent in young people, but say these new findings can help identify people who are at higher risk of developing brain tumors at an early age.
 
The study was recently published in Neurology, a journal of the American Academy of Neurology.