Monday, February 1, 2010 8:56 AM
By Sylvia Booth Hubbard
A vaccine that prevents cervical cancer in women may also prevent some forms of breast cancer, according to Australian researchers. The team, located at the University of New South Wales, used genetic probes to test cancerous breast cells and found several strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is known to be the biggest single risk factor in developing cancer of the cervix.
The researchers found the presence of high-risk HPV in 39 percent of the ductal carcinoma in situ cancers and in 21 percent of the invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) breast cancer specimens examined. Non-invasive or in situ breast cancers are those restricted to the glands that make milk and do not spread. Invasive ductal cancers are more deadly and account for 70 to 80 percent of all breast cancers.
Comment from Leslie
Well, hmmm – expanding the market for a product that is going south. Preying on the vulnerable and innocent. All women are afraid of breast cancer…how many of us are really afraid of getting cervical cancer?