New study: Cold can help fight cancer growth
New research from Yihai Cao research group at the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cellbiology, MTC, shows that the so-called brown fat in the human body seems to be able to prevent cancer tumors from growing. The result is published by Nature and has been widely disseminated in the media lately.
MTC professor Yihai Cao and his research group have investigated what happens when cancerous mice are exposed to cold for an extended period of time. It turns out that their tumors then grow much more slowly. This effect is only seen in mice that have functioning brown adipose tissue. But the researchers are not entirely sure how the brown fat counteracts cancer.
"We have not yet fully understood the mechanism behind this", says Yihai Cao.