The Genetic Basis of Cancer

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:813
  1. Ross Camidge, clinical lecturer in medical oncology (
  1. Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

    Karen Steinberg

    Oxford University Press, £65

    ISBN 0 19 512675 0

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    What would it be like if society ever began judging people on what might happen to them rather than on what has already occurred? If DNA analysis revealed that you had an 80% chance of developing cancer during your lifetime would you be able to get medical insurance? If medical insurance became something that was usually paid for by employers would you find it difficult to get a job?

    The irony …

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