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Cancer Glossary: Words You Need to Know

Oncogenic

A gene that has undergone a mutation and which, when “activated”, can stimulate the uncontrolled proliferation of cells. In most living organisms, a few genes undergo, at one time or another, this mutation that makes them oncogenes; we can, therefore, say that living organisms already have oncogenes in their own cells. Oncogenes can be activated by various environmental factors (ultraviolet rays, tobacco smoke, asbestos particles, viruses, etc.) open next page to see More