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Children with a genetic mutation for breast and ovarian cancer have an increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a new study finds.
Researchers say that nearly two percent of kids with the BRCA2 gene may be diagnosed with the white blood cell cancer in childhood or adolescence.
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The gene, similar to the one actress Angelina Jolie inherited from her mother, was recently linked to a greater risk of medulloblastoma, a childhood cancerous brain tumor.
Now that the team, from St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, has found a link to a second pediatric cancer, it says the results show that children with a family history of BRCA-associated cancers may need to screened early on in life.
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Several studies have shown that survivors of childhood cancer have a higher risk of developing secondary cancers later in life than the general population.
In addition, those with inherited BRCA gene mutations are not only at greater risk of just breast and ovarian cancer but several adult-onset cancers.
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For the study, published in JAMA Oncology, the team tested approximately 1,400 survivors of pediatric or adolescent lymphoma.
About 800 were survivors of Hodgkin's lymphoma and nearly 600 were survivors of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
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