MEDICC Review Journal Dedicates Double Issue to Cancer and Genetics

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Peer-reviewed journal examines cancer and genetics in Cuba

MEDICC Review Double Issue on Cancer and Genetics

Our study opens up a new, informative line of research: genetic ancestry and its relation to protection or predisposition regarding certain illnesses.

MEDICC Review today announced publication of a double-issue journal on cancer and genetics in Cuba. Although the articles do not explore relationships between cancer and genetics, the two themes are intrinsically connected, since cancers begin with errors in cell division. The cancer-related articles relate to the full spectrum of cancer control, from primary prevention to treatment and rehabilitation; while Cubans' shared ancestry is the topic of an exclusive interview with National Medical Genetics Center director Beatriz Marcheco, and original research papers discuss antenatal testing in Cuba for various congenital diseases.

Dr. Marcheco was principal investigator on the first national study of Cubans' genetic ancestry. The study reconfirmed that all 11 million Cubans are of mixed ancestry: 72% of genes European-descendent, 20% African, and 8% Native American. “Our study opens up a new, informative line of research: genetic ancestry and its relation to protection or predisposition regarding certain illnesses,” said Dr. Marcheco told MEDICC Review.

The July-October issue “Dual Themes: Cancer & Genetics” also includes the following articles:

Cancer Screening Debates & Practice
Overcoming Barriers to Advanced-Cancer Control
Measuring Breast Cancer Patients’ Quality of Life
Antenatal Cystic Fibrosis Diagnosis in Cuba
Neurofibromatosis in Cuban Children

With this issue, MEDICC Review introduces a new online resource, Facts & Figures, a compilation of the latest data from Cuba related to the theme of each issue: in this case, one set of statistics on cancer and the other on birth defects.

The only English-language journal focusing on health and medicine in Cuba and other developing countries, MEDICC Review is an open-access peer-reviewed publication of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), Oakland, California, USA.Readers from over 100 countries freely view and download full-text articles at Articles can also be accessed through PubMed and other indexing services.

Since 1997, MEDICC has worked to enhance cooperation among the US, Cuban and global health communities aimed at better health outcomes and equity. MEDICC produced the feature film ¡Salud! and publishes the MEDLINE-indexed journal MEDICC Review. MEDICC supports research in Cuba by US health professionals, assists US students and graduates of Havana’s Latin American Medical School to return to US underserved communities, and organizes Community Partnerships for Health Equity to improve health care and access in communities such as South Los Angeles and Oakland, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; The Bronx, New York; and Milwaukee, Wisconson. See:

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