A novel training network hopes to elucidate new strategies for prevention of common cancers
Two important factors affecting risk of cancer development are chronic inflammation and levels of circulating sex hormones. More than 150 years ago, scientists observed that inflammatory cells are present within tumours and that tumours arise at sites of chronic inflammation, resulting in a purported link between the two. Years of epidemiological studies now suggest that up to a fourth of cancers are due to chronic infection or other types of chronic inflammation. In addition, there is now a strong correlation between levels of circulating sex hormones and female reproductive cancers. The CANCERPREV project is training young researchers in cutting edge mathematical and experimental techniques to develop new guidelines for the prevention of cancers associated with reproductive and non-reproductive organs.
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