Predicting risk of uterine cancer may soon be reality

Researchers have discovered 50 new gene codes that may determine people's risk of getting cancer of the ovaries, uterus or prostate, according to the biggest study in this field yet.

"We believe that in two or three years, we'll be able to identify women who will get breast or ovary cancer, and men who will get prostate cancer," says professor Per Hall with Karolinska Institute just before a big cancer seminar in Stockholm Wednesday.

Some 200,000 subjects have taken part in the studies, and 140 research groups have worked to map the genetic risk factors behind these cancers.

Until now, some 60 to 70 genetic mutations that may lead to cancer have been identified.