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White blood cells may play role in spread of cancer

from The Huffington Post

White blood cells, the body's defense against infection, could actually play a role in spreading cancer, according to a new study in animals. Scientists from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre found that an infection defense "web" called the Neutrophils Extracellular Traps, which works by trapping harmful pathogens in the body, also seems to trap and activate cancer cells circulating in the body. By doing so, it makes the spread of cancer — or metastasis — more likely. more


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