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Cancer and the Cell Cycle
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Cancer and the Cell Cycle

Cancer isn’t one disease, it's hundreds of them. Yet all cancers share the same root cause: errors called mutations that build up in our genes.

Because of these errors, cells may begin dividing uncontrollably, forming tumors that grow and spread. Take a closer look at cancer, known risk factors, and ways you can protect yourself.

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By the time doctors find pancreatic cancer, it’s usually too late for the patient. But now a 15-year-old student has invented a test that may catch the cancer early and save thousands of lives. More...

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