According to a new study published in Cancer Prevention Research, estrogen may help precancerous cells spread in the mouth, which could help distribute the disease within the head and neck.
An enzyme called cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1) is what researchers believe is linked to causing estrogen to reproduce the precancerous cells.
"We found that cells lacking (the enzyme) move slower," Margie Clapper, Ph.D., one researcher of the study, told Health Day. "CYP1B1 could be a wonderful target in precancerous lesions of the head and neck because, by attacking it, we might stop these lesions from progressing or moving to a more advanced stage."
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