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What's the role of somatic cells in cancer devlopment?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
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In brief: Most cancers

Most cancers arise from somatic cells.
The change involves a number of steps, though one of the steps may be an inherited defect/mutation. Cells acquire mutations and the ones providing a survival/growth advantage induce proliferation that leads to more mutations. A fully developed cancer has, on average, about 90 mutations.

In brief: Most cancers

Most cancers arise from somatic cells.
The change involves a number of steps, though one of the steps may be an inherited defect/mutation. Cells acquire mutations and the ones providing a survival/growth advantage induce proliferation that leads to more mutations. A fully developed cancer has, on average, about 90 mutations.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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