Human chornionic gonadotropin as a biomarker for cancer development

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(NaturalNews) Conventional cancer testing is both highly invasive and full of false positives. Scientists have located other biomarkers that have an ability to detect cancerous growths well before they develop into larger tumors. HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is one such biomarker that has a scientific foundation and research to merit its use in clinical practice.

Cancer is a condition of uncontrolled cellular growth. Abnormal cellular development is a normal consequence of metabolism. However, most cells undergo a pre-programmed cellular death process called apoptosis. Cancer cells have lost their normal apoptotic function and withstand death and replicate in larger quantities and eventually form into a tumor.

Cancer biomarker testing

Tumor markers are substances that are produced by cancer or by other cells of the body in response to cancer or certain benign (noncancerous) conditions. Most tumor markers are made by normal cells as well as by cancer cells; however, they are produced at much higher levels in cancerous conditions.

These substances can be found in the blood, urine, stool, tumor tissue, or other tissues or bodily fluids of some patients with cancer. Most tumor markers are proteins. However, more recently, patterns of gene expression and changes to DNA have also begun to be used as tumor markers. Markers of the latter type are assessed in tumor tissue specifically.

Tumor markers are used to help detect, diagnose, and manage some types of cancer. Although an elevated level of a tumor marker may suggest the presence of cancer, this alone is not enough to diagnose cancer. Therefore, measurements of tumor markers are usually combined with other tests, such as biopsies, to diagnose cancer.

HCG: human chorionic gonadotropin

HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is also known as the pregnancy hormone. HCG has been described in many cancer types and is involved in the formation, spread and immune escape of various cancers.

Dr. John Beard was a Scottish embryologist who studied developmental embryology and found similarities between the embryonic physiology and cancer development. After extensive study and research, in 1905, Beard reported that trophoblastic cells act and behave in a manner identical to cancer cells. Both are highly invasive, fast growing and they release chemicals that induce their own blood supply.

What are trophoblasts?

In a pregnant mammal, trophoblasts are infiltrative components of the developing embryo within the placenta. The fast growing, infiltrative behavior is very similar to the way cancer cells infiltrate and invade surrounding tissues.

HCG will only be positive if someone is either pregnant, has a serious injury or has cancer. HCG is elevated after a serious injury because trophoblastic cells are being used in the healing process. They should naturally be turned off after a couple of weeks when the healing is nearly finished. Failure of the HCG to lower would indicate the development of neoplastic cells and cancerous growth.

More research linking HCG and cancer

These trophoblastic cells produce the HCG hormone and that is why this hormone is the basis for the pregnancy test. Cancer cells also produce the HCG hormone. This was reported by Dr. Hernan Acevedo, PhD, and published in the journal Cancer. In the report, Dr. Acevedo found that every cancer produces HCG which is similar to the trophoblastic cells of pregnancy.

In the October 2006 issue of Human Reproduction Update, Dr. C. Ferretti discusses how both trophoblastic and cancer cells share the same molecular circuitry for their proliferative, invasive and migratory capacities.

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