There may be a huge discovery in the fight against cancer.
Scientists say they believe they've discovered the likely cause of most childhood leukemia cases. Researchers in London report the disease stems from a two-step process of genetic mutation and exposure to infection. Children who live in ultra clean environments, without much interaction with other kids, in the first year of life are much more likely to get the cancer.
Basically, the fix is to let the child get dirty, which will build the immune system. It’s probably not a bad idea for any kid to get out there and roll around in the mud.
The researchers’ findings mean it might be possible to prevent childhood leukemia with treatments that stimulate a child's immune system in infancy. The research is published in yesterday's edition of the journal "Nature Reviews Cancer."Source: Science Daily