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Thread: An early Xmas present for all of us from medical science

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    An early Xmas present for all of us from medical science

    Squeezing breasts 'can stop cancer'

    A little squeeze may be all that it takes to prevent malignant breast cells triggering cancer, research has shown.

    Laboratory experiments showed that applying physical pressure to the cells guided them back to a normal growth pattern.

    Scientists do not envisage fighting breast cancer with a new range of compression bras, but they believe the research provides clues that could lead to new treatments.

    "People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies," said Gautham Venugopalan, a leading member of the research team at the University of California in Berkeley, United States.

    "When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth - and reversion - of cancer cells."

    The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. This allowed the scientists to apply compression during the first stages of cell growth, effectively squashing the cells.

    Over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organised way.

    Once the breast tissue structure was formed the cells stopped growing, even when the compressive force was removed. Non-compressed cells continued to display the haphazard and uncontrolled growth that leads to cancer.

    "Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back to a healthy growth pattern," said Mr Venugopalan, a doctoral student.

    The results were presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco.
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    I volunteer my time and my hands to this worthy cause.

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    Sorry Guys, this science is not transferable, meaning...

    Squeezing you balls will not prevent testicular cancer. Well, who knows, what harm will it do? Except, you will go Blind. At least that's what they say.

    It reminds me of an old Steve Martin line. "Good thing I'm not a woman or I'd stay home and play with myself all day!"

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    Aaah, the pressure of the fresh!

    The title of that link is misleading sensationalism. Just because it stops cells grown in culture does not mean it works with a real tumor in a real breast in a real woman.

    "Compression probably won’t be used to treat cancer in the clinic, Venugopalan said. Squeezing cells in lab dishes is far different than compressing tissue in people. But if the researchers can learn what pressure does to make tumors behave, they may be able to devise drugs that turn on the same processes.”

    But of course it might work with live breasts so lets not take any chances...
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