It is impossible for today’s detection methods to determine where mutated and/or cancer cells are.
1 Billion cancer cells would fit on the end of a pen and any amount under that is undetectable by today’s modern imagery.
Our DNA is constantly mutating at a given rate. This rate can be increased or decreased depending on our exposure to mutagens (risk factors). Cancer is an uncontrolled cell division that occurs following a series of mutations deregulating key cellular processes.
The Cancer Tumor Environment
Current Limits of Cancer Detection
- The white represents a detected tumor mass that would be seen by current PET or MRI with Contrast.
- The green dots would be determined as cancerous upon pathology review under a microscope after surgical removal (surgical margins were the orange line).
- The red dots are cancer or muted cells isolated in good tissue.