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March 29, 2012 Cigarette smoke not only can cause cancer, but it’s also responsible for the spread of it, according to research by UC Merced biochemistry professor Henry Jay Forman. Forman discovered tobacco smoke activates an enzyme — called Src — that causes cancer cells to spread to other parts of the body. The study will appear in the April 15 edition of Free Radical Biology and Medicine. Cigarette smoke is the major cause of lung cancer, Forman said, but nearly half of lung cancer patients remain active smokers. Nonetheless, researchers haven’t understood how cigarette smoke causes cancer to metastasize.
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