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Mucoepidermoid carcinoma


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Is mucoepidermoid carcinoma a genetic disease?

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Is mucoepidermoid carcinoma a genetic disease?

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma, or cancer of the salivary gland, is a "genetic" disease in the sense that it occurs due to changes (mutations) in genes that regulate how cells in the body divide.[1]  However, mucoepidermoid carcinoma  is not inherited from a parent or passed down through a family.
Last updated: 8/2/2011

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