Breast cancer researchers have discovered new information about the disease, which may end up advancing treatment and saving lives. According to the U.S. Department of Health, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas. Although white women present higher breast cancer rates than Latinas, it is more common for Hispanic women to get diagnosed at more advanced stages of cancer, which makes it more difficult to treat.
Nature published the results of the federally funded study, which confirms that there are four different types of breast cancer. Researchers analyzed tissue from over 300 breast cancer patients, and discovered that there are four distinct types of genetic traits: basal-like cancers, luminal A and B cancers, and HER2-enriched cancers.
This means doctors will have a better sense of how to treat the cancer once it’s detected. The co-leader of the research, Dr. Matthew Ellis from the Washington University School of Medicine, said in a statement, "With this study, we're one giant step closer to understanding the genetic origins of the four major subtypes of breast cancer."
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