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How does cancer cause hypercalcemia?

Some kinds of cancer cells produce a type protein that emulates parathyroid hormone, which causes blood calcium levels to rise, leading to hypercalcemia. Ovarian, lung, and kidney cancer cells often do this. Cancer that spreads into the bones damages bone cells and releases bone calcium into the blood. Cancers of the prostate, breast, lungs, and bone marrow often have this effect.

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