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Question: if everyone is born with cancer cells doesn't that mean you need a different cure for every individial peron with cancer.

Asked by electroleft to Shane on 13 Jun 2011.

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  • Photo: Shane Pennington-CooperShane Pennington-Cooper answered on 13 Jun 2011:

    Hi Electroleft,

    We are all born without cancerous cells otherwise we would all be born with cancer. What we do have are cells which have the ability to turn cancerous. When a cell nears the end of it’s life cycle it has two options, it can either die or it can become cancerous by the cell multiplying, it is this constant multiplying which causes the cancerous tissue to form.

    Because DNA is created from the same 4 base pairs, Adenine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine the cure for cancer is the same regardless of the persons age, gender or race.

    I hope this answers this your question.