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Mutations that drive early-onset prostate cancer identified, pointing way to specific treatments

Prostate cancer affects an estimated one in every six males who live past the age of 70, making it the most common type of cancer among men worldwide. The majority of prostate cancer cases occur in men 65 years of age or older, but about 2% of cases occur in those under the age of 50—and these early tumors are particularly aggressive. Until now, scientists didn’t know whether the mechanisms that give rise to prostate cancer in the younger men were different from those in seniors. 


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