A summary of the latest medical developments in breast cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 15 November 2013.
1. Breast cancer breakthrough: Queensland scientists identify molecule linked to disease’s spread
MiR-139-5P sounds like a Space Station. If they renamed it “Rogue Breast Cancer Molecule” I think it could sell more T-shirts.
- Scientists in Queensland have identified a pivotal molecule, the miR-139-5P, that shows whether a woman’s breast cancer will spread and how quickly.
- miR-139-5P acts a cellular brake to inhibit breast cancer cells from proliferating
- The discovery will help provide a clearer prognosis for breast cancer patients and could lead to treatments that are more personalised, i.e. treatments for aggressive cancers vs less aggressive cancers.
For more information:
RNA Journal, “miR-139-5p is a regulator of metastatic pathways in breast cancer”
A summary of the latest medical developments in breast cancer from Google Alerts, for the week ending 8 November 2013.
It’s a strange mix this week, with the usual search for the causes of cancer in DNA and food and cholesterol, and drug therapy mixed with robots!
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1. Diet rich in bread after the menopause can raise risk of breast cancer
OK, I know this is not the most earth-shaking news, but I’ve always been interested in nutrition and cancer. When I was first diagnosed I was told to avoid anything with gluten. Fortunately, I don’t need bread to survive, so I was able to tolerate the diet. But it was just one of these blanket dietary bans, with no rationale behind it except that it caused inflammation in the body and gummed up the digestive system. As for pasta – well, that was carbohydrate which would convert to sugar and fuel the cancer cells.
If we’re going to use GI to measure whether or not a food is appropriate, surely pasta (which is refined carbohydrates) is as bad as bread?