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- This site is not a substitute for professional medical services. It cannot be used to diagnose or treat cancer. If you have or suspect you may have cancer you should consult your physician.
- The site is primarily for researchers and health professionals. However, it is one of the aims of this site to summarise complex genetic information in simple language, as far as is possible, in order to be accessible to a broader audience.
- If you are not familiar with genetics the site includes a cancer genetics glossary. Also, you may find it useful to visit other sites which offer an introduction to genetics.
- The vast majority of gene abnormalities listed in this site are non-hereditary ie. genetic changes in the tumour cells not in the normal healthy cells. Approximately 5-15% of all malignancies have no clear hereditary basis. Both familial and non-familial cancers are included in this Web site.
- This guide includes ‘putative’ or ‘candidate’ genes for which the link with cancer is not completely proven. See: Levels of evidence
- This guide includes secondary genetic abnormalities (caused by cancer), as well as primary mutations (which cause cancer).
- Knowledge about cancer genetics is advancing rapidly; new research is emerging daily. As such there is no 100% definitive source of data on cancer genetics. Therefore, no liability can be accepted for incomplete or inaccurate information.
- If you are only interested in general cancer information please visit Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer.
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