Saturday, March 10, 2007

Research Strengthens Link Between Smoking, Pancreatic Cancer 

Research Strengthens Link Between Smoking, Pancreatic Cancer: "Researchers at Michigan State University have added yet another piece to the puzzle that links cigarette smoking with cancer of the pancreas, one of the deadliest forms of cancer.

In research published in the recent issue of the International Journal of Cancer, MSUís James Trosko and colleagues zeroed in on the mechanism by which a healthy cell turns cancerous.

Specifically, they found that the chemicals produced by the burning of tobacco products Ė polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs Ė interfere with communication between the bodyís cells. More importantly, the work showed that some of these chemicals donít necessarily initiate the cancer, but rather contribute to the promotion of it."

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