Breast cancer is the fear of most women because it is the number one cause of cancer death in this population
Great news has opened up for detecting a protein that is on the surface of breast cancer cells. The name of the protein is Nodal.
In the new research, the scientists monitored a group of laboratory mice that were designed to serve as models of breast cancer. Once the disease manifested itself, the researchers experimented by turning off expression of Nodal, a protein that is normally found on stem cells but also exists on the surface of breast cancer cells. Shutting down this protein caused the blood vessels that nourished the tumors to collapse, depriving the malignant tissue of the resources it needs to survive.
In the U.S., more than 228,000 individuals will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, according to the National Cancer Institute. A lab test may help with early detection.
This video above explains the new Nodal discovery and how this information will be used to shut down aggressive breast cancer.
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