Washington: Scientists have identified four new genetic variants associated with an increased risk of testicular cancer, the most commonly diagnosed type in young men, according to PTI.

Scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania looked at the genomes of more than 13,000 men.

The discovery of these genetic variations – chromosomal “typos,” so to speak – could ultimately help researchers better understand which men are at high risk and allow for early detection or prevention of the disease.

“As we continue to cast a wider net, we identify additional genetic risk factors, which point to new mechanisms for disease,” said Katherine L Nathanson, associate professor in the division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics within the department of Medicine.

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