Saturday, March 31, 2007

New advances in the fight against breast cancer

A Better Breast Cancer Detector

Mammography is still the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer, but it's far from perfect: The technique misses up to 20% of breast cancers. Soon, it may get a bit of help. Researchers reported here today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society that they've developed a pair of compounds that help spot the build up of tiny mineral deposits, a hallmark of breast cancer. If the compounds prove safe and effective in humans, they could prove a boon for combating a disease that afflicts 1 in 8 of women in the United States at some point in their lives

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