NZ Scientists In Breast Cancer Discovery
01/06/2004 07:22 AM
New research suggests women could soon be immunised to help guard against breast cancer.
Scientists at the Christchurch and Dunedin schools of medicine, and the University of Melbourne have established a link between a common virus and the cancer.
Doctor Ann Richardson says research suggests those women under the age of 40 who contract cytomegalovirus have a higher chance of developing breast cancer later in life.
She says more research is needed to establish a timeline as to how the virus may influence the development of breast cancer.
It could eventually lead to children being immunised against the virus at a young age, to protect them from contracting it later in life.