bowel-cancerScientists suspect that stem cells are liable for gut cancer, as UK scientists stated earlier that stem cells could be the root cause of bowel cancer.

According to Prof Malcolm Alison, from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, they already know that bowel cancer can begin in the stem cells that normally line the gut and exist to replace and repair the tissue that is continuously worn away during digestion.

Dr Alison claimed that they are close enough to recognize those gut stem cells which will become cancerous and elivate the growth of the disease.

If scientists could able to identified the stem cells which are responsible for cancer progression then that would be an important implications for the future early detection and treatment of cancer.

Bowel (colorectal) cancer is the cancer of the colon or rectum, and it arises from the cells that line the bowel. The small bowel is strikingly free from cancer risk, and almost all bowel cancers arise in the large bowel.

About 6 per cent of the population in Western countries develop bowel cancer at some time during their lives, making this the second commonest cause of cancer-related death. However, it is curable in 40 to 50 per cent of cases, usually by surgery.

Source: Telegraph.co.uk