Study found male hormone may speed up breast cancer in women
Aug 9, 2011
Some new breast cancer breakthrough news was released as a result of a new study. The research was conducted by scientists from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute discovered that a male hormone increases the growth in breast tumors in women, which leads to breast cancer.
This could cause a change in the type of treatments and preventative methods that many women take.
"We identified a novel subtype of breast tumor, which grows in response to androgen but not oestrogen, and have uncovered the signaling pathways involved in its growth," according to the author of the study Myles Brown. "And we have demonstrated that drugs capable of blocking these pathways, including the receptor for androgen itself, can inhibit tumor growth. This opens new avenues to the treatment of some women with breast cancer that doesn’t respond to standard endocrine therapies."
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second leading cancer-related disease that results in death for women, only lung cancer surpasses it. It affects one in eight women in the U.S. at some point in their lifetime.