Cancer in Air
Country: United States
Date: June 2008
Why does cancer cells reproduce faster in the human body when
it touches air?
Like all cells, cancer cells require Oxygen to break down glucose for
the purpose of producing ATP. Although cells can produce some ATP
without Oxygen through glycolysis, they can produce almost 20 times as
much in the presence of Oxygen.
Ron Baker, Ph.D.
I'm not sure that 'touching air' helps, them, but because cancer cells grow
so quickly, they need more oxygen than other cells. That's why cancer cells
have special machinery to signal the body to grow more blood vessels around
them. The vessels feed them more oxygen, which allows the cancer cells to
grow and multiply faster. The end result is a 'tumor'.
Hope this helps,
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