Cancer cells may disguise themselves, says study
Research may help with earlier diagnosis of cancer's spread04 September, 18:51
The findings, published in the review Gastroenterology, may help doctors make earlier diagnoses and perhaps slow the spread of the cancer.
The research suggests that the colon cancer cells mask themselves as other types of cells so they can better spread throughout the body.
The study was conducted by researchers at the Istituto Clinico Humanitas in the Rozzano, near Milan.
Its findings may help predict how aggressive a tumour is and its potential for spreading, with greater precision, said Alberto Malesci, director of the Department of Gastroenterology at the Humanitas clinic.
Colon cancer is one of the more common forms of cancer found in developed countries and causes about 600,000 deaths worldwide each year.