New Vaccine ‘Could Eliminate’ Breast Cancer

Too good to be true? From Murdoch-owned Fox/Sky News:

U.S. scientists developed a vaccine that could prevent breast cancer and save the lives of millions of women, Sky News reported Monday.

The treatment was tested on mice and showed “overwhelmingly favorable results.”

Dr. Vincent Tuohy, who led the research at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said there was evidence in the initial tests that the vaccine could prevent cancers from forming and stop the growth of existing tumors.

“If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental,” he said.

“We could eliminate breast cancer. We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases.”

Researchers injected the test vaccine into six mice that were specifically bred to be prone to breast cancer. None developed any signs of tumors.

A further six mice bred in the same way were injected with a placebo vaccine and all developed tumors.

The drug makes the immune system attack a particular protein found in most breast cancer cells and in the mammary tissues of breastfeeding women.

If clinical tests of the vaccine on humans are successful, women over 40 could be vaccinated against the disease. At that age, breast cancer risk begins to increase and women are less likely to be breastfeeding.

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  • Cerebralcaustic

    Very cool news.

    But where's the vaccine for prostate cancer? While roughly a third more women die of breast cancer than men die of prostate cancer, breast cancer gets FOUR TIMES more funding from the National Institutes of Health. Is that fair? Is that equitable?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/96j

    • OSMFAC

      It’s coming- My grandfather was part of a HUGE test group who helped develop antibodies to fight prostate and colo-rectal cancer. The sad truth is breast cancer gets more attention because women are more likely to actively share and publicize their experiences while men typically hide their plights… much of the funding from breast cancer research comes from direct donations from foundations specifically set up for the cause. Start a prostate cancer foundation, a walk, some sort of event. Cancer in itself is not fair; I am not trying to be mean or rude, but saying it is not fair on a not very widely publicized “news” site is not doing much for your cause…

  • kaner60

    “If it works in humans the way it works in mice…” That’s a huge if, which makes this story more of a press event than a scientific announcement. We know lots about the environmental causes of various cancers but the attention is still on finding a magic bullet cure because that wouldn’t require changing the way we transact with the environment

  • kaner60

    “If it works in humans the way it works in mice…” That's a huge if, which makes this story more of a press event than a scientific announcement. We know lots about the environmental causes of various cancers but the attention is still on finding a magic bullet cure because that wouldn't require changing the way we transact with the environment

  • OSMFAC

    It’s coming- My grandfather was part of a HUGE test group who helped develop antibodies to fight prostate and colo-rectal cancer. The sad truth is breast cancer gets more attention because women are more likely to actively share and publicize their experiences while men typically hide their plights… much of the funding from breast cancer research comes from direct donations from foundations specifically set up for the cause. Start a prostate cancer foundation, a walk, some sort of event. Cancer in itself is not fair; I am not trying to be mean or rude, but saying it is not fair on a not very widely publicized “news” site is not doing much for your cause…