Your QuestionIs gliomatosis cerebri a disease that can be passed from generation to generation or that can be carried by one person and passed to another later on? My great aunt has been diagnosed with this cancer and I worry that my child might inherit it.
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- What is gliomatosis cerebri?
- Can gliomatosis cerebri be passed through families?
- What is cancer?
- What causes cancer?
- What are gene mutations?
- How do gene mutations occur?
- How can I learn more about how gene mutations can contribute to cancer?
- Who can I talk to if I think cancer may be running in my family?
Both hereditary gene mutations and acquired gene mutations can contribute to the cause of cancer.
Public Inquiries Office
Cancer Information Service Branch
6116 Executive Blvd., MSC 8322
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322
Toll free: 800-4-CANCER
Web site: http://cis.nci.nih.gov
The following online resources can also help you find a genetics professional in your community:
* GeneTests - A searchable directory of US and international genetics and prenatal diagnosis clinics. Go to the following link and click on 'Clinic Directory' to find a genetic service close to you.
* ResourceLink - A database of genetics counseling services, searchable by location, name, institution, type of practice, or specialty. Hosted by the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
* Genetic Centers, Clinics, and Departments - A comprehensive resource list for genetic counseling, including links to genetic centers and clinics, associations, and university genetics departments. Hosted by the University of Kansas Medical Center.
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- Mutations and Health. Genetics Home Reference. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/mutationsanddisorders?show=all. Accessed 3/4/2009.