The Hallmarks of Precancer

Cancer Discov. 2024 Apr 4;14(4):683-689. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-23-1550.


Research on precancers, as defined as at-risk tissues and early lesions, is of high significance given the effectiveness of early intervention. We discuss the need for risk stratification to prevent overtreatment, an emphasis on the role of genetic and epigenetic aging when considering risk, and the importance of integrating macroenvironmental risk factors with molecules and cells in lesions and at-risk normal tissues for developing effective intervention and health policy strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Precancerous Conditions* / genetics
  • Precancerous Conditions* / pathology
  • Risk Factors