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Protein linked to cancer's spread

Study says it makes breast tumors more aggressive

Posted: March 13, 2008

Scientists have pinpointed a key protein that causes cancerous cells to spread throughout the body, a finding that could enable doctors to better predict how aggressive breast tumors might be.

The study's authors say the findings suggest a relatively straightforward way to halt cancer progression in women.

"This is really an important advancement," said Brian Volkman, an associate professor of biochemistry at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. He was not involved with the study.

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