Does everyone develop covert cancer?

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Nature Reviews Cancer
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Around one in three individuals, if they live long enough, will have a confirmed clinical diagnosis of overt cancer, and there is increasing evidence that many of us — I contend all of us — develop covert cancer.


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  1. Centre for Evolution and Cancer, The Institute of Cancer Research, Brookes Lawley Building, 15 Cotswold Road, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5NG, UK.

    • Mel Greaves

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