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Body fights cancer same way it battles allergies

Scientists have found the body protects itself from cancer in the same way it responds to allergies.

The research, which could lead to more effective treatments, found the body's surveillance system for cancer damage and its response to allergic reactions share a common pathway.

Researchers from Cancer Research UK and King's College London looked at the effect of potential causes of cancer on the skin cells of mice and discovered the damage these threats cause triggers part of the body's defence system and floods it with antibodies linked to an allergic response.

This reaction helps the immune system respond to developing tumours on the surface and protect the rest of the body.

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