Breast cancer 'could be separated into ten sub-types'

19 April 2012

New medical research has suggested that breast cancer is effectively the culmination of ten different diseases.

The findings from a study co-led by Cambridge University professor Carlos Caldas could dramatically alter how the life-threatening form of cancer is treated in the years to come.

After analysing the genetics of 2,000 tumours, the researchers highlighted that there are ten sub-types of the disease.

Furthermore, each tumour put into a certain group shares similar genes and women with the same sub-type have almost like-for-like odds of surviving breast cancer.

Dr Julia Wilson, of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, stated: "This is incredibly exciting research which has the potential to change the face of breast cancer; from how we diagnose and treat it, to how we follow it up afterwards."

Scientists at Cancer Research UK also recently pointed out that, according to their own research, cancer genes could vary depending on where they are located inside a tumour.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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