Discovery Of Breast Cancer Subtypes May Lead To Discovery Of A Cure
September 24, 2012
Says Lorraine Pace, President, Breast Cancer Help, Inc.
(Bay Shore, NY) Lorraine Pace, President, Breast Cancer Help, Inc., says the recent discovery of four subtypes of breast cancer means that researchers are one step closer to finding a cure for the disease and that breast cancer can be properly treated.
In a study that was published online by Nature on September 23, researchers discovered four subtypes of breast cancer, each with a unique genetic and molecular signature: luminal A, luminal B, HER2 and basal-like — one of the deadliest subtypes of breast cancer. The discovery was made after analyzing 348 tumors from women with breast cancer using various technologies; researchers also found that there was a close relationship between ovarian tumors and breast tumors.
Basal-like tumors account for 10 percent of all breast cancers and include most triple-negative tumors that do not respond to hormone therapies or chemotherapy. Ms. Pace says that, now that these subtypes have been identified, researchers can come closer to finding a cure for the disease by providing therapies and treatments specifically tailored to each subtype.
“This discovery is great news for women, especially those who have been diagnosed with having basal-like tumors,” she said. “With the genetic research that is being done for breast cancer, we are one step closer to finding a cure for this dreaded disease. I hope and pray that a cure will be found during my lifetime, so all our children and grandchildren would never have to fear getting breast cancer. It is also important for us here on Long Island, where the incidence of breast cancer is very high.”
For more information, please call (631) 675-9003 or visit www.breastcancerhelpinc.org.
Breast Cancer Help, Inc. is a not-for-profit grass roots organization with a focus on action and advocacy to eradicate breast cancer. Founded in 1994 by Lorraine Pace, a two time breast cancer survivor, and Father Thomas Arnao, Breast Cancer Help, Inc. uses a four pronged approach to promoting education and awareness of breast cancer issues. The first of these prongs is the West Islip breast cancer mapping project initiated by Lorraine Pace, which mobilized patients and pinpointed breast cancer clusters. This original mapping project, which spearheaded the breast cancer environmental movement, has now spread to other parts of New York, the U.S. and internationally. Since its inception, the group’s goal has been to raise awareness and promote education for the cause, treatment, and cure of the disease; while maintaining a focus on action and advocacy to eradicate breast cancer. It has accomplished this by mobilizing patients into coalitions leading to breast cancer mapping projects, serving as advocates to change state and local laws to protect breast cancer patients, and working to bring about positive changes in protecting the environment. Breast Cancer Help, Inc. has helped to ensure that Long Islanders have access to the best possible diagnosis and care through the purchase of cutting edge medical and research equipment. It has also supported research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2003, Breast Cancer Help opened its Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, now located at 32 Park Avenue in Bay Shore to provide increased cancer awareness to promote education and early detection while providing patients and survivors with much needed support.