Cancer decades in making
SEEDS of kidney cancer may be planted in childhood decades before the disease is diagnosed, scientists said.
Dr Peter Campbell, from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, said: “We can now say what the initiating genetic changes are in kidney cancer, and when they happen.
“What is remarkable is that the hallmark genomic event that characterises kidney cancer takes place on average 40-50 years before the cancer is diagnosed. These first seeds are sown in childhood or adolescence.”