Active Wound Healing Might Lead to Tumor Formation
A study conducted at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet, concluded that the wound healing processes might increase the risk of basal cell carcinoma of the skin. Active wound healing might lead to increase in the size and the number of tumors. Increase in the tumor size might be because of increase in the cell proliferation that takes place during the healing process. Increase in the number of tumors might be due to the increase of cells which initiate tumor formation.
Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common cancer. In the earlier study it was revealed that their is a link between BCC and acute wounds.The new study shows the mechanism involved at cellular level. Rune Toftgård, lead author of the study, says that UV radiation exposure along with the active tissue regeneration is a risky combination that may increase the risk of developing cancer.
Severe sunburn that causes tissue damage is a big risk factor for the development of Basal Cell Carcinoma. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.