Breast cancer vaccine hope raised
As the UK launches it nationwide free vaccination programme against HPV the virus associated with cervical cancer we get news of a possible vaccine against breast cancer. Early days yet but if the results in mice can be replicated in humans this could save thousands of lives.
A new vaccine has completely eliminated a type of breast cancer tumour in tests on mice, say researchers.
The vaccine targets breast cancer caused by an excess of a protein called HER2 - and even destroyed tumours resistant to current drugs.
The US team said it might also be used to prevent initial development of the tumours in cancer-free women.
But UK experts warned the vaccine was at a very early stage, and it was not known if it would work in humans.