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Need expert opinions about skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. Why does cancer attack a specific part of someone's body?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Biological process

The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it.
The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely.

In brief: Biological process

The dna of any cell may mutate and continue to replicate with no end to it.
The ability of cells to multiply and differentiate is expressed in the growth of a baby in 9months from a fertilized ovarian cell. From 1cell to a 9-10pound baby in 9months. That ability is in every cell of the body. If the off switch for cell division is lost, cells of any type may replicate indefinitely.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Basic biology

Cancer is not an "attack" by an alien creature like a microbe.
Cancer develops in any organ in which there are dividing cells when enough mutations have accumulated in a clone of cells to destabilize the genome. Even in the 21st century, most people do not understand how "cancer is not other, it is us." where it appears has to do with both risk factors (i.e., mutagen exposure) and dumb luck.

In brief: Basic biology

Cancer is not an "attack" by an alien creature like a microbe.
Cancer develops in any organ in which there are dividing cells when enough mutations have accumulated in a clone of cells to destabilize the genome. Even in the 21st century, most people do not understand how "cancer is not other, it is us." where it appears has to do with both risk factors (i.e., mutagen exposure) and dumb luck.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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