The nurse is caring for a patient that has a carcinoma with no changes in the DNA structure and no viral infections found. What theory of carcinogenesis would this fall under?

Aberrant differentiation

Explanation

•Aberrant differentiation: Neoplasm when there is no structural changes in the DNA. This means there is a problem in gene regulation.

•Viral infection: Foreign viral DNA is integrated into the host's DNA causing higher potential for neoplasms.

•Somatic mutation: Structural changes to DNA due to carcinogens or errors in replication.

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