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Fat makes prostate cancer spread in mice

Added: Wednesday 20 January 2016

French researchers have discovered that in mice, fat cells release a protein that fuels the spread of prostate cancer. Human fat cells release the same protein, which may mean that prostate cancer is more likely to spread in humans if they are overweight. This may explain why obese prostate cancer patients are more likely to have aggressive tumours than those who are not obese. Now the researchers are moving on to explore ways to block the chemical signals between fat cells and tumour cells.