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University Of Michigan Researchers Find Potential Way To Fight Brain Tumors

Aug 11, 2014

Medical science may be one step closer to preventing the formation of malignant brain tumors. A University of Michigan study has found suppressing the production of certain proteins can help the body's immune system eradicate cancerous cells. 

Credit University of Michigan Health System

If left untreated these proteins prevent the body from detecting a problem until it is too late. 

The study's co-author Dr. Maria Castro says the Gliomas family of brain tumors are incredibly dangerous, "It doesn't respect socio-economic boundaries, and or ages, and or races, and it's the most aggressive type of brain cancer for which there is no cure.

More than 24,000 people in the US are diagnosed with brain cancer each year.

The study's co-author Dr. Pedro Lowenstein says now that they understand how these cells and proteins work, they can begin developing ways to harness the discovery.

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