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Does cancer have some type of ancestor? Any ideas on exactly WHY cells decide to keep growing?

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Thank you very much for contacting us with your questions.

Regarding your question about whether cancer has an ancestor. The answer is yes and this is what we refer to as familial cancer, in which the parents transfer a defective gene to their children that will lead to cancer. This happens in around 10% of cancer cases

Regarding your question about why the cells decide to stop growing, the reality is that this is a process that usually takes years and does not happen overnight. The commonly accepted theory is that the cell acquires a mutation and then few years down the road acquires another mutation. With every new mutation, the cell becomes more resistant to death and ultimately grows out of control.

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