Breast milk samples may predict future breast cancer
Apr 5, 2011
According to a professor at the University of Massachusetts, women's breast milk samples may help to predict their likelihood of developing future breast cancer, reported HealthDay.
Dr. Kathleen Arcaro will present findings at the American Association for Cancer Research in Orlando Florida, collected from 271 breast milk samples from American women who were either registered with the Love/Avon Amy of Women group or who participated in the study through their individual doctors.
Arcaro looked at a process called methylation in the RASSF1 gene between the breast cancer milk cells of women who underwent breast biopsies versus those who had not.
"It looks as if we can use the cells from breast milk to assess breast cancer risk," said Dr. Kathleen Arcaro.
However, these findings are very preliminary and need to undergo long-term study as well as use a larger sample of target genes, according to Arcaro.
The American Cancer Society reports that more than 200,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer last year alone. Yearly mammograms for those over the age of 40 are recommended.