New early detection procedure may help diagnose breast cancer
Many times if breast cancer can be detected at an early stage, then there is a greater chance for successfully treating the disease.
Many times if breast cancer can be detected at an early stage, then there is a greater chance for successfully treating the disease. With faster and more effective procedures helping to diagnose the condition, physicians can potentially save more lives with follow-up treatment.
A common disease
Based on a study published in a recent issue of the Federation of the American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal, researchers in Heidelberg, Germany, are developing a new procedure to test gene activity to project future cancer risk in breast tissue.
"This is a milestone. The method described detects activity at the genetic level, which often occurs well before any outward symptoms occur," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of the FASEB Journal. "Not only could this allow for earlier diagnosis of breast cancer and more accurate risk assessment, but eventually, this technique might be used in other types of cancer as well."
"We hope that our results help to develop tools to identify breast cancer patients when tumors are still small, and eventually curable," said Gerhauser, researcher at the Division of Epigenomics and Cancer Risk Factors at the German Cancer Research Center. "These tools might hopefully also help to predict the progression of tumor development and guide decisions on cancer treatment."