FOX 47 - Health News
Researchers at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Institute used a protein unique in women who have breast cancer or are breast feeding. They injected that protein into a vaccine, and gave it to genetically altered mice -- mice prone to get breast cancer.
The results were promising.
"The ones that got the vaccine did not get breast cancer. The ones who did not get the vaccine did get breast cancer. And it was 100 percent, meaning all the mice who got the vaccine were protected ," said Dr. Michael Frontiera, Dean Health oncologist.
Dr. Frontiera says scientists have experimented with a breast cancer vaccine for years, but this one's different.
"They're trying to go upstream before the cancer starts to prevent the cancer from developing," Dr. Frontiera said. "The previous vaccines that have been tested so far are for women who've had breast cancer and are trying to prevent recurrence."
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in women, according to the American Cancer Society. More than 192,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2009 in the U.S.
More than 40,000 people lost the battle last year.
Doctors say the vaccine trials are hopeful, and human testing could start next year, but a vaccine is still years away.
Doctors say the best protection against breast cancer includes regular mammograms, exercise, and a low-fat diet.
Health Tips Text Club
Get once a week health tips, free screenings, medical news sent to your phone. Just text HEALTH TO 58447. Standard message & data rates may apply, text HELP for help, text STOP to quit, must be 18.
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|9 simple steps to happiness|
Money can buy happiness—if you spend wisely. We asked experts to explain this and other glee strategies, none of which require rose-colored glasses or doing anything with life's lemons.
|FDA warns of infections tied to Tennessee pharmacy|
Government health officials are investigating several health problems reported with potentially contaminated medications made by a Tennessee specialty pharmacy.
|Foods that trigger headaches|
For many headache and migraine sufferers, certain foods can act as triggers
|8 things you only ask Google|
Top doctors explain your most embarrassing symptoms.
|Pregnancy hormone may predict postpartum depression risk|
Levels of a stress hormone released by the placenta could predict a woman's risk of developing postpartum depression, new research suggests.
Tonight on FOX 47
11:00am FOX 47 Movie: "Primeval"
1:00pm UEFA Champions League Final Pre-Game
1:30pm UEFA Champions League Final Game
4:00pm Big Bang Theory
4:30pm Big Bang Theory
5:00pm Paid Program
5:30pm MLB Player Poll
6:00pm MLB on FOX: "Cardinals vs. Dodgers"
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:30pm Big Bang Theory
10:00pm Hell's Kitchen
11:00pm Ben & Kate
11:30pm Ring of Honor Wrestling