At LSI, patients receive all of their spinal healthcare needs in one location. From pre-operative imaging and diagnostic testing, to endoscopic laser medical procedures and post-operative physical therapy, patients receive the highest quality treatment combined with most advanced remedies. Former mother and patient, Cheryl Harper found relief and a new outlook after her successful surgery. The pain took over my life from morning to night. I’ve two little males and I was usually tired. After surgery, Personally i think like I’ve added 10 to 20 years onto my life.It’s always been known a mutation in the BRAF gene causes moles to start out growing, but it wasn’t understood why they end growing. ‘The BRAF mutation that stimulates the initial growth of moles also stimulates the creation of a tumor suppressor protein, p15, which ultimately functions as a powerful brake on further cell division,’ research senior author Dr. Todd Ridky, an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania, explained in a university information release. ‘It’s this cell division that ultimately allows the transition from a normal mole into melanoma. When mole cells reduce the p15 brake, cells can start dividing and will progress into cancer again,’ he explained. The study was published online in the journal Cancer Discovery recently.