Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Cancer Causing Mutations in Individuals Over 60.


Recent research suggest that completely healthy seniors may be at risk of developing cancer due to cellular mutation. This study found that by age 60, 100 billion cells in a person's body have at least one cancer causing mutation. By performing a meta-analysis of previously public sequencing data on normal tissues, the researcher were able to categorize the mutations that occur in a senior citizens body. Despite the grim statistics, the vast majority of these mutations found, have no effect on the body, and most people will go their entire lives without a cancer diagnosis. As such, these findings should not elicit panic for older people, but should shed light on the fact that these mutations should be further studied.

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