What Do All Cancer Types Have in Common?
There are many types of cancer.All cancers share 10 common features called hallmarks of cancer:
1-Cancer cells are located in an inflammatory environment.
2-Cancer cells grow uncontrollably.
3-Cancer cells can block the growth stopping mechanisms and continue to grow.
4-Apoptosis is a process when abnormal cells commit suicide .cancer cells don’t do that .They become immortal.
5-Cancer cells keep growing despite reaching the limit of growth.
6-The metabolism within cancer cells is abnormal.
7-Cancer cells can hide from our normal immune-system.
8- Cancer Cells can grow new blood vessels.
9-Cancer cells can travel nearby tissues and also enter the bloodstream or lymph system, which allows them to spread to other parts of the body.
10-The cells in cancer are genetically unstable.
Source: Hanahan D, Weinberg RA: Hallmarks of cancer: The next generation. 144:646-674, 2011.