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Figure 8: Field cancerization consists of one or more mucosal areas consisting of epithelial cells that have cancer-associated genetic or epigenetic alterations. A preneoplastic field (shown in light pink) is monoclonal in origin and does not show invasive growth or metastatic behavior, which is the hallmarks of an invasive carcinoma (dark pink)

Figure 8: Field cancerization consists of one or more mucosal areas consisting of epithelial cells that have cancer-associated genetic or epigenetic alterations. A preneoplastic field (shown in light pink) is monoclonal in origin and does not show invasive growth or metastatic behavior, which is the hallmarks of an invasive carcinoma (dark pink)