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New vaccine 'could eliminate breast cancer'

Published on 01/06/2010
Scientists have hailed the development of a vaccine which they say could wipe-out breast cancer in the future.

US researchers say that tests of the new drug on mice have delivered promising results.

A vaccine containing the antigen a-lactalbumin was found to prevent the development of breast cancer in the animals, while stopping existing tumours from growing.

Study leader Vincent Tuohy, from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, said: "We believe that this vaccine will someday be used to prevent breast cancer in adult women in the same way that vaccines have prevented many childhood diseases.

"If it works in humans the way it works in mice, this will be monumental. We could eliminate breast cancer."

However, Cancer Research UK's professor of oncology Robert Hawkins warned that it could be several years before the vaccine can be fully tested to ascertain "its safety and effectiveness" in treating breast cancer.

The latest breakthrough follows a recent announcement by British-led researchers that a new vaccine is in development that can reverse and even cure certain types of skin cancer.
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