Major breast cancer breakthrough announced at BC Cancer Agency
"I never thought I would see this in my lifetime."
- Dr. Samuel Aparicio, leading breast-cancer researcher
For the first time in history, BC Cancer Agency scientists in British Columbia, Canada have decoded all of the three billion letters in the DNA sequence of a metastatic lobular breast cancer tumour, a type of breast cancer which accounts for about 10 per cent of all breast cancers, and have found all of the mutations, or "spelling" mistakes that caused the cancer to spread.
The landmark study ... helps unlock the secrets of how cancer begins and spreads, thus pointing the way to the development of new breast cancer treatment targets and therapies.