Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work related to a genetic condition called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL). VHL is a hereditary cancer syndrome that is associated with an increased risk for cancerous and benign tumors in…

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Photo Credit:  Urology Care Foundation Updated: March 5, 2019 In Part 1 of this series on hereditary kidney cancer, we introduced red flags that increase the likelihood of a hereditary predisposition to kidney cancer.  In this post, we review six hereditary cancer syndromes that increase the risk to develop kidney cancer. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes that…

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Last Updated November 2018 In recognition of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, we’ve compiled information about hereditary forms of pancreatic cancer. Photo Credit:  chamberlain.edu Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon, with a lifetime risk of ~1.5% for individuals in the United States.  For the majority of pancreatic cancers, the cause is unknown, and there is no known…

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