Enzyme behind cancer spread found
"This new discovery provides real hope that we can develop a drug which will fight the spreading of cancer"
- Lead researcher Dr Janine Erler
Scientists say they have identified an enzyme that helps cancer spread around the body.
Cancer metastasis, where the cancer spreads from its original location, is known to be responsible for 90% of cancer-related deaths.
Institute of Cancer Research scientists have found that an enzyme called LOX is crucial in promoting metastasis, Cancer Cell journal reports.
Drugs to block this enzyme's action could keep cancer at bay, they hope.