Breast cancer awareness is one of the most successful medical campaigns, which is a fantastic statistic for women and men around the world. But what progress has actually been made with research and information?
Since the formation and funding of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, much has been discovered. We know today how cancer originates within our bodies. The roots of the disease, known as breast cancer stem cells, have been identified. This will enable researchers to better find ways to target the root causes of the disease to stop progression.
Breast cancer itself is not actually one specific cancer, but rather, several different diseases. This means that depending on the type an individual develops, different therapies will be useful. There are four major sub-types, with each broken down into further categories.
You might have heard that genetics is an important factor in someone’s breast cancer risk, and in the past few years two genetic mutations have been identified. There also now exists a comprehensive database of breast cancer genes, which will help toward identifying any other gene mutations.
Along with these many discoveries, breast cancer therapy and treatment is more customized than ever before. This includes a decrease in over treatment for those with early stage development, who can forego chemotherapy and still receive effective treatments.
Now one of the major focuses of research is in understanding metastasis, or how cancer spreads or recurs. Researchers look for markers in the bloodstream or DNA to help measure risk and explore strategies.
We’re glad breast cancer research has come so far, and are proud to support both raising awareness and continued research. For more info on breast cancer or other common women’s issues, give us a call at 717-840-9885 or click on the button below to make an appointment.
Dr. Julie Drolet
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