Mammograms help catch these cancers at a very early stage when they are not palpable. Much of the research has been done on "gut" microbiomes, or bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
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The study examined tissues from 78 patients undergoing a mastectomy for invasive carcinoma or elective cosmetic breast surgery.
The team from the Cleveland Clinic in OH also looked at patients' oral rinse and urine to assess bacterial composition of these sites. The day will involve pictures, memories and stories of women and men who have been impacted by breast cancer. Further studies are needed to determine the role these organisms may play in breast cancer.
"If we can target specific pro-cancer bacteria, we may be able to make the environment less hospitable to cancer and enhance existing treatments", said co-senior author Dr. Stephen Grobymer. The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) test will originally be accessible for patients having tests at St Mary's Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester for BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, with the family account of breast cancer.
Contrary to the western world where breast cancer is common after the age of 50 years, the highest incidence of breast cancer in India is between the ages of 40 and 50 years, said Raghu Ram.
The good news is that breast cancer mortality has dropped by about 30% in the last 3 decades.