—Inflammation Stokes Cancer “When it goes awry, this defense mechanism can contribute to all stages of cancer progression” Inflammation is our bodies’ response to infection and injury. It usually does its job and shuts itself off. But sometimes the mechanism meant to protect us can turn on us instead. Chronic inflammation that never completely turns itself off is a hallmark of many diseases, including diabetes, infections, gastric ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and even obesity. But the effects of chronic inflammation can be even more far-reaching: A process intended to be a protective mechanism can lead to cancer.
by Celia Henry Arnaud |
March 14, 2011