1. Younger women who wait at least 15 years after their first menstrual period to give birth to their first child may reduce their risk of an aggressive form of breast cancer by up to 60 percent, according to a Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center study. The findings, by Christopher I. Li, M.D., Ph.D., a member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch, are published online in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.
2. Breast-feeding confers a protective effect against triple-negative disease. “Breast-feeding is emerging as a potentially strong protective factor against one of the most aggressive forms of breast Cancer.
3. A little squeeze may be all that is required to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer, research has shown. Laboratory experiments showed that applying physical pressure to the cells guided them back to a normal growth pattern. The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. This allowed the scientists to apply compression during the first stages of cell growth, effectively squashing the cells. Over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organised way. Once the breast tissue structure was formed the cells stopped growing, even when the compressive force was removed. The results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco by Mr Venugopalan, a doctoral student at the University of California in Berkeley, United States.