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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can different types of cancer exist in the same part of the body?

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Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Pathology 34 years experience
Yes: The body is composed of many different parts and each can potentially develop different types of malignancies (cancers).
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A 30-year-old member asked:

Do different types of cancers start in different ways or are they all basically the same thing in different parts of the body?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
All different: We are discovering the many and varied pathways and combinations of mutations that give rise to the huge array of different cancers. All result from natural selection for harmful mutations and ultimately all untreated cancers will kill; beyond this, the hugely different pathways account for the tremendously variable behavior.
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