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STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEVE GSCHMEISSNER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cervical cancer cell. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a cervical cancer cell. The irregular surface of this cell is characteristic of cancer cells. The irregular surface structures cause changes in the adhesion properties and allow the cell to move. Along with rapid and chaotic cell division, this allows cancer cells to clump and form tumours which can invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Cancer of the cervix (the neck of the uterus) is one of the most common cancers affecting women and can be fatal.
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