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April 1999

Telomerase as a Cancer Warning Sign

Evidence is mounting that the activation of an enzyme called telomerase may be a significant marker for the onset of cancer.

In a majority of cases, telomerase activity can be detected in breast cancer cells, while it is absent or undetectable in the corresponding normal tissue. This makes telomerase activity a valuable marker in at least three critical clinical circumstances: breast cancer screening, management of precancerous lesions, and predicting invasive disease.

Furthermore, by associating telomerase with the aging process of cells, researchers are closing in on ways to inhibit the ability of cancerous cells to grow unabated, in the hopes of stopping the cancer in its tracks.
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Cutting edge research is also taking place here at Johns Hopkins...

Evidence is mounting that telomerase activation may be necessary and sufficient for immortality at the cellular level, and it is becoming more likely that telomerase may be necessary, albeit not sufficient, for the malignant phenotype. With very few exceptions, telomerase activity can be detected in breast cancer cells, while it is absent or undetectable in the corresponding normal tissue. This makes telomerase activity a valuable marker in at least three critical clinical circumstances: breast cancer screening, management of precancerous lesions, and prognosticating invasive disease.
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Removing Lymph Nodes Not Always Necessary

Attacking a Tumor's Blood Supply

Risk Factors for Breast and Ovarian Cancers

Cell Protien Linked to Drug Resistant Cancers

Shrinking Tumors Through Gene Therapy

Complementary Approaches

Ingredient in Green Tea Fights Tumors

More Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Finally Some Good News About Coffee

Benefits from the Skins of Citrus Fruits

Pharmacists Need to Learn More About Herbal Products

 


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