Written by Prashanth Suravajhala. Published with permission.
Majority of the eukaryotic genomes do not code for proteins, i.e. there are regions that might originate within the organisms or tissues without coding potential. If they do not code, it was earlier supposed to be of disinterest as they wouldn’t be associated with any disease. However, the last decade has seen advances in the field with certain (non-coding) RNA molecules transcribed; regulate expression of genes and further known to affect the transcription and cell cycle of diseased organism. A class of such non-coding RNAs identified during the last decade is long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) that are known to play a role in diseases particularly cancer. What ails breast cancer in terms of lncRNAs? Are there such molecules associated with breast cancer? If so, can these be used as prognostic or diagnostic markers? Can these candidate markers be used for prevention or treatment of breast cancers?
A diagnosis of cancer, no matter how mild, turns peoples’ thoughts to those they love. And concern for loved ones sometimes brings up thoughts of life insurance.
Can people get life insurance while or after having cancer? That is the subject of this factual article. While this is instructional and does not deal with the emotional upheaval of dealing with cancer, please know that my heart goes out to anyone in that position, and to their loved ones. I hope this resource is helpful.