Cancer and Wound Healing – The Connection
At this point, you may be wondering – what’s the connection between delayed wound healing and cancer? To answer that question, we need to discuss what the researchers from the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine discovered.
First, let’s keep in mind that a cancerous tumor is not just a big ball of cells that don’t do anything. Experts emphasize that they are almost like a “miniature organ.” This means that these tumors will “create and co-opt” their own blood supply. A good question to ask is, how are these tumors going to create their own blood supply?
According to the study, cancer tumors “steal” the body’s wound healing process.
You see, the endothelial cells – cells that line the blood vessels – have specific functions in tissure repair. Our body uses these processes to heal injuries, repair tissues, and surprisingly, make new blood vessels.
It turns out that cancer tumors “hijack” the body’s wound healing response so that they can make their own blood supply. In doing so, these tumors grow and develop.
What Are Malignant Wounds?
Aside from stealing the body’s natural wound healing response, some types of cancer also cause open cancerous skin lesions. These lesions are called “malignant wounds.” So, before we discuss the ways on how to detect a cancer sore, let’s first talk about this type of wound.
Malignant wounds happen when cancer cells invade the skin along with its blood and lymphatic vessels. The invasion causes the tissues to die, prompting inflammation, and possibly, infection.
Malignant wounds should be taken seriously. Not only do they indicate cancer, but they also interfere with a person’s quality of life. Furthermore, advanced wounds have very little chance of healing.
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