Researchers at the University of South Australia have identified a protein that could be responsible for making breast cancer cells spread.
The molecule seems to change the structure of breast cancer cells to make them more aggressive.
The university’s Associate Professor Philip Gregory says the discovery could help stop breast cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.
“This molecule is particularly abundant in aggressive breast cancers, which can be extremely difficult to treat,“ Associate Professor Gregory said.
“When we block the action of this molecule, the cells completely change and become far less aggressive.”
“By understanding how the molecule works, we could unlock new treatments for the disease,” he said.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women around the world, and it’s estimated that 20,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year.
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