Global Cancer News

Cold discomfort: Increasing cancer rates and adaptation of living in extreme environments

Anne Li

It is well known that cancer incidence is increasing worldwide, with pockets of human populations and geographical locations seemingly at higher risk than others. Researcher Konstantinos Voskarides, Ph.D., of the Univesity of Cyrpus’ Medical School, noted that populations living in very low temperatures, like in Denmark and Norway, had among the highest incidents of cancer in the world. Now, in a new paper in the advanced online edition of the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, he has advanced a new hypothesis: there is an evolutionary relationship that exists between adaptation at extreme environmental conditions — like cold and high altitude — and increased cancer risk in humans.

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