New technique to study pre-invasive breast cancer


The presence of abnormal cells inside a milk duct in the breast can be a precursor of invasive breast cancer. However, it is not known exactly when and how these abnormal cells might develop into breast cancer. As this can take years, even up to decades, conducting genetic studies can be challenging. Researchers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, together with researchers from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, have now developed a novel technology for studying tissue samples up to 31 years old, which can also provide detailed information on the biology and progression into invasive breast cancer.

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