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Could Cancer Have Evolved To Be More Common In Some Organs Than In Others?

Scientists know that, for a variety of reasons, cancer occurs more commonly in some organs than in others. For example, cancer is more common in organs that have been exposed to carcinogens, like lungs to cigarette smoke. They are also finding that cancer may be more common in organs that replace their cells faster, like the 5-day-old epithelial cells in our intestines.

But a new opinion paper out today in the journal Cell Press states that there also may be an evolutionary component.

When viewing data about the frequency of common cancers in different organs, the team of international scientists came across something they thought was profound: Organs that were larger…

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