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The Role of Melatonin in Cancer Development
Melatonin is a hormone that is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. Its secretion during periods of darkness represents a 24-hour rhythm controlled by the circadian clock and is pivotal in the regulation of sleep and wake cycles. Although circadian rhythms are endogenous processes, they can be affected by environmental factors such as light and temperature. In addition to its role in circadian rhythms, melatonin has also been observed to function in the immune system, female menstrualdoi:10.7150/oncm.25566 fatcat:f5f53z6t6zfxloklfeqpbqhvju