Research at the University of California, Berkeley shows that applying pressure to potentially cancerous cells can help reverse their growth.

Recent lab experiments at UC Berkeley may provide clues to new cancer treatments that rely on applying physical pressure as their main counter to cancer growth.

In a study involving malignant breast cells, researchers at UC Berkeley found that applying compression to the hazardous cells during the first stages of cell growth can effectively crush the dangerous cells, and even guide them back to normal growth.

Researchers injected the malignant breast cells into flexible chambers, allowing them to be squeezed and pressed. Over time, the malignant cells that received pressure began to grow in a more normal fashion even after the pressure was removed. The cells receiving no-physical compression continued their uncontrolled growth, which can lead to cancer.

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