Mesothelioma Cancer Cells
Your body contains trillions of microscopic cells, each of which has a job to keep you healthy. There are approximately 200 different types of cells, and each cell is built to perform a specific task. Some cells fight diseases, while others send signals to nerves, carry oxygen or clump together to form the tissues that make up your muscles, skin, bones or organs.
Cells receive their instructions from genetic chemicals called DNA. You are born with all the critical cells your body needs to thrive, and they are continually at work to fulfill their purpose. Like all living things, your cells have predetermined lifecycles and eventually die, usually reproducing to replace themselves before they do so.
Cells with altered DNA can die off at the wrong time, multiply too quickly and behave erratically. Cells that reproduce at abnormal rates can build up and become cancers like mesothelioma.
Cancer works by changing the DNA instructions of a cell. It hijacks your body’s existing workforce and essentially gives your cells new instructions.
What Causes Mesothelioma Cells to Grow?
While researchers have a clear understanding of how cancer begins, they don’t know why certain people develop mesothelioma while others don’t. The majority of people exposed to mesothelioma risk factors never develop the disease.
Mesothelioma Research Update
Scientists continue to research exactly what biological factors cause mesothelioma cells to form and grow, and seek ways to interrupt the process. Some research looks to block the signals that cells use to communicate, while other research investigates chemical interactions that may mutate normal cells into mesothelioma cells.
It’s unknown what causes the specific biological process (or processes) that triggers abnormal cell growth in some people. It’s the missing link in understanding, preventing, and curing mesothelioma.