Out-of-con­trol cells bring mis­ery

Daily Mirror - - STARS & TOONS STARS -

THE disease the Pear­son twins suf­fer from, neu­rofi­bro­mato­sis type 1, is an in­cur­able ge­netic con­di­tion that af­fects 1 in 2,500 peo­ple.

In­stead of cells grow­ing and mul­ti­ply­ing in a care­fully con­trolled way, they grow unchecked, caus­ing tu­mours to grow along nerves. The sever­ity of the con­di­tion can vary con­sid­er­ably from per­son to per­son.

Symp­toms in­clude soft, non-can­cer­ous bumps un­der the skin, known as fi­bro­mas. In rare cases, the growths can be­come can­cer­ous.

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