Although the aetiology of testicular cancer is unknown, a clear familial component has been identified in a number of studies. In an effort to identify susceptibility genes for testicular cancer, the International Testis Cancer Linkage Consortium has been collecting families with multiple cases of testicular cancer. These families have been genotyped for a set of markers across the genome in two separate studies. The family information has also been pooled across the two studies so that the combined evidence can be assessed. While no genomic region gives overwhelming support for a testicular cancer predisposition gene, several regions, notably on chromosomes 3, 5, 12 and 18 show suggestive evidence worthy of further examination. The Consortium is now attempting to identify further families in an attempt to confirm or deny these leads.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1998|
- Family studies
- Susceptibility gene
- Testis cancer