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Metastasis and lymph system discussed at SF meeting

The 4th International Symposium on Cancer Metastasis and the Lymphovascular System was held in New York City, presenting new research in breast cancer among other forms of cancers.

"The program seeks to bring the latest laboratory discoveries about the mechanisms of cancer metastasis into focus, evaluate the significance of sentinel lymph nodes, and to update cutting-edge results from clinical trials," said Dr. Stanley Leong of the California Pacific Medical Center and CPMC Research Institute in San Francisco.

Dr. Leong said that one of the primary topics of discussion involved biomarkers and their use in treating metastatic cancers. Triple negative breast cancer was also discussed at the symposium, during one of the special lunch sessions.

More than 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year, according to BreastCancer.org. The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 receive yearly mammograms in order to stop cancer at its earliest onset. About one in eight women in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime, according to the ACS.
 
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