Low oxygen levels could drive cancer growth

Low oxygen levels in cells may be a primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in some cancers

Samples of messenger RNA data – transcriptomic data –were analysed from several types of cancers.

Results found that a long-term lack of oxygen in cells may be a key driver of cancer growth.

This contradicts previous research that genetic mutations cause cancer growth, with lack of oxygen a contributing factor to cancer development.

Researchers believe this model may explain why many cancers become drug resistant so quickly.

Read more at University of Georgia