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View in Spanish: Gen del metabolismo esteroideo

Steroid metabolism gene (STAYR-oyd meh-TA-buh-lih-zum JEEN)
A type of gene that helps the body build up or break down steroids. Steroids may be made by the body (such as hormones and cholesterol) or made in a laboratory (such as drugs). A steroid metabolism gene called CYP17 is being studied in breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.