We hope that some day all types of cancer will be treatable. Right now, there is another breakthrough in breast cancer treatment, that is awesome. According to the newest research, breast cancer relapse is linked to fat metabolism. Why is it important? Well, from now on breast cancer treatment will be much more successful.
Breast cancer treatment news (and the news is good)
So, as far as breast cancer relapse is linked to fat metabolism, it is theoretically possible to reduce relapse rates by identifying bad cells earlier. In other words, it may help to prevent relapse. In fact, relapse is the leading cause of death among breast cancer patients.
The study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation reinvents the process of surviving cancer cells identification.
Unfortunately, even after successful surgical removal of malignant tissue and chemotherapy some residual cells survive. Moreover, they do not seem untoward until they re-initiate growth. Therefore, preempting relapse is too difficult, as well as isolating these cells.
But the researchers found that residual cells have molecular traits clearly distinguishing them from normal breast tissue. These cells retain an ‘oncogenic memory’ that could be exploited to develop drugs against breast cancer recurrence.
In breast cancer the 5-year survival rate is 89%, the 10-year survival rate is 83%. Still, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women.
Breast cancer prevention tips
While we are waiting for the remedy, let’s observe how to prevent breast cancer, or at least reduce the risk. First of all, mind these easy tips:
- Limit alcohol. Because the more you drink, the greater is your risk of developing breast cancer.
- Quit smoking. There is a link between smoking and breast cancer risk, particularly in premenopausal women.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases the risk of breast cancer.
- Stay physically active. It can help you maintain a healthy weight.
- Breast-feed. It might play a role in breast cancer prevention.
- Don’t skip medical check-ups. Because the earlier you find it, the sooner you’ll treat it.