Saturday, January 29, 2011
The most common type of breast cancer in older women - estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) positive breast cancer - has been linked to a protein that fends off aging-related cellular damage.
A new study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researcher David Gius, M.D., Ph.D., now shows how a deficiency in this aging-associated protein may set the stage for these tumors to develop.
The findings, published in Molecular Cell, provide information that could assist in the screening, prevention and treatment of these common age-related cancers.
While the young are certainly not spared cancer's wrath, cancer is primarily a disease of aging, with the majority of cases occurring in people over 50.