Non Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer
Is it possible to get non Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer together?
Being diagnosed with more than one type of cancer is not very common, but it does happen. Researchers are finding out more about what causes cancer. Some changes in particular genes can make some types of cancer more likely. A change (mutation) in the gene that provides the information to make a protein called p53 is one example. It is the most common genetic change in human cancers. p53 is a tumour suppressor protein. This means that its normal activity is to prevent the growth of tumours. So a change in the p53 gene can be a contributing cause of many types of cancer, including non Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer.
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