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New UK-based Research May Fine-Tune Breast Cancer Treatment

New research may help fine-tune breast cancer treatment.

As scientists continue to study breast cancer's effect on the body, it's becoming more apparent how nuanced the disease is. According to the Guardian, United Kingdom-based researchers have found a molecule that can show which forms of cancer may develop into more invasive types.

Louise Jones, a professor at Queen Mary University of London's Barts Cancer Institute, is a co-author of the study that was funded by the Breast Cancer Campaign. The molecule discovered by the researchers is called alpha v beta 6 and it may be able to inform doctors which ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a form of cancer, will become more dangerous. 

"We often pick this [DCIS] up in screening, which means that women are 50 or older and if it takes 30 years for that disease to progress, watching and waiting might be a sensible way to go," Jones told the source. "It's difficult for women to accept that they might need to have a mastectomy for something that you don't know is going to harm them."

The research may lead to a test that doctors can perform to help plan breast cancer treatment.

The Breast Cancer Campaign is a charity that helps fund research in hopes of saving people's lives. The website takes donations and offers quizzes to test users' knowledge of the disease.

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