An Australian researcher has zeroed-in on a gene that could possibly be the reason behind breast cancer spreading to other parts of the body and taking a turn for the worse.
Melbourne scientist Bedrich Eckhardt while conducting a study on mice discovered that a gene known as body morphoygenic protein-4, (BMP4), was crucial in determining the spread of breast cancer cells through out the body.
The gene manufactures a protein which was capable of offsetting breast tumors from becoming full blown secondary cancer, discovered during tests on mice. Now, Dr Eckhardt has begun screening human breast tumors to find out whether people who have a problem in the BMP4 gene may be prone to secondary cancer.
Statistics show that most breast cancer deaths are due to the development of secondary cancer.