Ladies, have you been performing your breast self-examinations? Turns out there is a secondary benefit to your monthly squeeze.
As reported by MSN, recent study results presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco suggest that compression applied during the initial stages of malignant cell growth can reprogram the cells to grow in a normal growth pattern.
From the original article:
“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 at Berkeley.
“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 organized way.
Clearly, it is time to take responsibility for breast cancer prevention into our own hands.