Thursday, June 28, 2018

Moles are, by definition, cancer.

In this article I'll attempt to prove that moles are, by definition, cancer and should therefore be studied as having a cellular condition capable of stopping and starting cellular malignancy. gives the following definition for cancer: A term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control and can invade nearby tissues.

1. It's a disease. What's a disease? Well, that isn't a simple question according to the National Institute of Health. For the purposes of this article, though, let's assume Webster's has it well-defined. Webster's says it is "a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms."

2.  Cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body through the blood and lymph systems. There are several main types of cancer. Carcinoma is a cancer that begins in the skin or in tissues that line or cover internal organs. Sarcoma is a cancer that begins in bone, cartilage, fat, muscle, blood vessels, or other connective or supportive tissue. Leukemia is a cancer that starts in blood-forming tissue, such as the bone marrow, and causes large numbers of abnormal blood cells to be produced and enter the blood. Lymphoma and multiple myeloma are cancers that begin in the cells of the immune system. Central nervous system cancers are cancers that begin in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. Also called malignancy.

3. Abnormal means anything that isn't normal. Normal is only defined by a consensus.

4. By definition a human cell must consist of the following:
Chemicals and water wrapped in a membrane. 
All of the genetic information necessary to manufacture a human being.

5. Control means that there is an ability to turn something on and off. If there is only the ability to turn something off, and not turn it on again, then the thing that can turn it off does not have "control". If you can only turn on your sprinklers and you can't turn them off, then you do not have control of your sprinklers. You have only a part of the control, in the end, is not control. Partial control is a misnomer. 

6. Tissues are any clumps of cells in the body that have a propensity to congregate together due to their similar characteristics.

In Conclusion, when the definition of cancer is fully understood it is impossible to distinguish between a mole and cancer. It, therefore, behooves us to study moles and understand their ability to remain benign throughout most of their lives, while also exhibiting the cellular variability inherent in cancer cells.

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