oncogene overexpression

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(ON-koh-jeen OH-vir-eks-PRESH-in)

The job of an oncogene is to control the growth of cells. When it stops working as it should, it tells the cells to make too much protein. The extra protein makes the cells grow out of control. This can result in cancer.

To read about breast cancer and how it forms, visit Breastcancer.org's What Is Breast Cancer? page.


Audio contributed by: Marvin Hamlisch

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