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Breast cancer hope

6th July 2007

Scientists from Cambridge University may have accidentally uncovered a new way of exploring the causes of breast cancer.

While studying the mammary gland, researchers found that breast cancer may be linked to a key part of the body’s immune system. They established that cytokines, which are released to encourage the production of anti-virus and anti-parasite cells, also trigger the production of milk-producing cells in the breast. With breast cancer especially prevalent in women who have just given birth, it is possible cancer occurs when signalling problems involving the release of cytokines occurs.


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