Glossary Term:

Title

PTEN

Phonetic


Description

a gene that normally helps control cell growth. Inherited changes in this gene cause Cowden syndrome, a rare disorder in which people are at higher risk for both non-cancer and cancer breast tumors. It is also linked to growths in the digestive tract, thyroid, uterus, and ovaries. See also gastrointestinal tract, gene, inherited disease, mutation, ovary, thyroid, uterus.