SARASOTA, FL. (WWSB) - Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States and October is breast cancer awareness month.
This month, Cleveland Clinic researchers have uncovered differences between the breast tissue of healthy women and women with breast cancer.
Researchers examined the tissues of 78 patients who underwent mastectomies.
They found that healthy breast tissue had more of a certain type of bacteria, but that the cancerous tissues had other types of bacteria that were elevated.
The next step is to look at whether they could target the bacteria that is specifically in the breast cancer tissue with treatment, or pinpoint the problem area and target it before the breast cancer has a chance to develop.