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Experts Highlight Inroads to Preventing Cancer
Date:4/20/2009

ears before their diagnosis -- something that could be a clue in the so-far fruitless search for causes of the disease. "Apparently, these cells are cranking out proteins years before people get CLL," said Dr. Neil Caporaso, a section chief at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. "We can try to understand what causes people to get these abnormalities and, more importantly, what causes somebody to progress from having relatively benign protein abnormalities to developing leukemia. We can search for environmental agents and genes that could cause this next step."

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SOURCES: April 20, 2009, teleconference with Peter Shields, M.D., deputy director, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and interim chairman, Department of Medicine, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Andrea N. Burnett-Hartman, doctoral student, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle; Neil Caporaso, M.D., section chief, U.S. National Cancer Institute; presentations, American Society of Cancer Research, annual meeting, Denver


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