February 1st 2002
The review by Drs. Shacter and Weitzman is an excellent and timely contribution to the field of carcinogenesis. The issue of chronic inflammation as a progenitor of cancer development has been a controversial one. To prove the importance of chronic inflammation (and the factors released in the process) to carcinogenesis, the authors provide a thorough and logical presentation of the experimental results described in the literature, including their own work. This compilation of the existing data should dispel any doubts about the association of chronic inflammation to cancer. I will review the main points discussed by the authors.