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Link between malaria resistance and breast cancer spread, study suggests

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Link between malaria resistance and breast cancer spread, study suggests.

(CNN)Scientists in South Africa have found a link between a particular type of malaria resistance and the likelihood of cancer metastasis in some patients of African descent.

The team was fascinated by how cancer starts to interact with other diseases prevalent in the region, such as malaria.

Most Africans have a mutation of this gene that doesn't allow it to be expressed in red blood cells, and therefore the parasite finds it difficult to get into the red blood cells of these individuals -- giving those with the mutation a high level of resistance.

Siwo and his team found that in some patients those with this inbuilt resistance had lower survival rates for breast cancer than those without.


Author: Nosmot Gbadamosi

Source: cnn.com