Men who inherit a mutation in the HOXB13 gene have a 10 to 20 times increased risk of developing prostate cancer, according to the study in the January 12, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Finally, the first major gene mutation associated with an increased risk for prostate cancer has been identified. During the fetal stage and during prostate function in later life, the HOXB13 gene plays an important role. This discovery of a gene mutation may help improve our understanding about the development of prostate cancer as well as allowing us to identify which men may [...]