Scientists at the University of Cambridge found that women carrying a gene, called HNF1B, have an average of 15% to 18% lower risk of developing womb cancer, according to a study in the journal Nature Genetics. They also found that men with the same version of the gene have a 21% lower risk for prostate cancer, but are up to 14% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. "This study is the first to highlight a potential link between womb cancer in women and prostate cancer in men, providing new insight into the underlying genes and mechanisms that lead to the development of both diseases," lead researcher Douglas Easton said.

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