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    Immune surveillance and cancer

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    How does immune surveillance explain the incidence of cancer? What evidence supports this theory and what evidence does not?

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    Immune surveillance is based on the idea that the immune system constantly monitors the cells of the body and eliminates any cell type that undergoes transformation into a cancer cell. This would explain why the majority of healthy people do not develop cancer, but cancer is more common in patients with suppressed ...

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    This solution details how the immune system acts as a surveillance mechanism against tumor development. It explains the evidence for and against the idea that there is immune surveillance against cancer.

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