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New approaches for breast cancer feature ACS research – Finish the Fight Friday 10/17/14

Locally we are sad to report that the “The Breast Walk Ever” in support of Making Strides is being cancelled due to the pending KBIG Breast Walk Ever Hawaii Island Oct 18 2015weather from tropical storm Ana. This walk was to be hosted by KBIG Hawaii’s Hit Music Station. Walkers were encouraged to wear pink bras over their shirts and can enter to win prizes in the “Beautiful Bra” contest. This looks like it would have been a great time. You can still donate to the team here.

Did you ever wonder what happens to the money we raise for research? The following two articles touch on two of the many ACS funded researchers and their groundbreaking works.

Cancer is most dangerous when it spreads from the primary tumor to other parts of the body. Responsible for about 90% of cancer deaths, metastasis is a grim reality of a complex process that scientists are still trying to understand. Metastatic tumors develop years, sometimes decades, later in 30% to 40% of breaAmerican Cancer Researcher Detecting Cancerst cancer survivors. Although treatments can lengthen the lives of women with recurrent or metastatic breast cancer, the disease is most often incurable at that point.

Scientists are now working to understand and detect early signs of breast cancer’s spread—and potentially prevent it. Read more about a new potential approach to stopping the spread at See your research dollars at work.

Recently in the lab of Xiaoting Zhang, Ph.D., breast cancer cells were multiplying out of control as usual. Then the unexpected happened—all that tumor-building bustle came to an abrupt halt.

It happened when Zhang, a cancer biologist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his research team disabled a protein called MED1. Now they’re trying to uncover the biological mechanisms for how this happens, raising the prospect that a MED1-targeted therapy could be developed to lull breast cancer cells into a permanent sleep, known as senescence. Read more about how ACS scientists are putting breast cancer cells to sleep.