One of the main reasons we tell patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to stay optimistic is the amazing amount of breast cancer research being done at all times. Doctors, scientists and experts from all over the world work tirelessly to try to find a cure, but also to find out what actually causes breast cancer and what people can do to try to prevent developing breast cancer in the first place. That’s why we wanted to share a few recent developments in breast cancer research that we found particularly interesting.
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is funding a long-term study to help find the causes of breast cancer and take a more comprehensive look at the impacts of a family history of breast cancer. This study, which they have dubbed the Sister Study, has currently enrolled 50,000 women who have sisters with breast cancer. The idea is to follow these women for at least 10 years to collect information about certain genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors and how they may lead to breast cancer.
There are a number of clinical trials that are currently looking at existing drugs and dietary supplements to see if they can aid in breast cancer reduction. Some of the drugs studied and reviewed include drugs that are used to treat osteoporosis, anti-inflammatory drugs, and statins that are used for patients with high cholesterol. Certain dietary supplements like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B6 and D are also being studied in the hopes that they may have the ability to help reduce breast cancer risk.
Breast Cancer Screening
Lastly, we wanted to mention a new development in breast cancer screening. Unlike a conventional mammogram, three-dimensional mammography creates a 3D picture of the breast using many low-dose images from different angles around the breast. Though it may not be the industry standard yet, three-dimensional mammography is now approved by the FDA and is quickly gaining steam in the medical community. Roughly half of all facilities in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium now offer 3-D mammograms.
We hope this has been promising news. Every day breast cancer research brings us closer to the answers needed to effectively fight and defeat breast cancer once and for all. For more information on breast cancer developments from around the world, please contact Pink Ribbon Story Foundation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for more breast cancer tips and news.