U.S. scientists develop vaccine that could prevent breast cancer

News — By on June 1, 2010 at 8:33 am

U.S. scientists developed a vaccine that could prevent breast cancer and save the lives of millions of women, Sky News reported Monday. The treatment was tested on mice and showed “overwhelmingly favorable results.” Dr. Vincent Tuohy, who led the research at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said there was evidence in the initial tests that the vaccine could prevent cancers from forming and stop the growth of existing tumors.
“If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental,” he said.

The drug makes the immune system attack a particular protein found in most breast cancer cells and in the mammary tissues of breastfeeding women. If clinical tests of the vaccine on humans are successful, women over 40 could be vaccinated against the disease.

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