The hallmarks of cancer are also the hallmarks of wound healing

Lucy J Maccarthy-Morrogh*, Paul B Martin*

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The Hanahan and Weinberg “hallmarks of cancer” papers provide a useful structure for considering the various mechanisms driving cancer progression, and the same might be useful for wound healing. In this Review, we highlight how tissue repair and cancer share cellular and molecular processes that are regulated in a wound but misregulated in cancer. From sustained proliferative signaling and the activation of invasion and angiogenesis to the promoting role of inflammation, there are many obvious parallels through which one process can inform the other. For some hallmarks, the parallels are more obscure. We propose some new prospective hallmarks that might apply to both cancer and wound healing and discuss how wounding, as in biopsy and surgery, might positively or negatively influence cancer in the clinic.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbereaay8690
JournalScience Signaling
Issue number648
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2020


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