Novel mechanisms of cancer emerge when accounting for sex as a biological variable

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Abstract

There is a large gap between the aspiration of considering sex as biological variable and the execution of such studies, particularly in genomic studies of human cancer. This represents a lost opportunity to identify sex-specific molecular etiologies that may underpin the dramatic sex differences in cancer incidence and outcome. There are conceptual and practical challenges associated with considering sex as a biological variable, including the definition of sex itself and the need for novel study designs. A better understanding of cancer mechanisms, resulting in improved outcomes, will reward the effort invested in incorporating sex as a biological variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-29
Number of pages3
JournalCancer Research
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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