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Bacteria may play a role in breast cancer

Written by: Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency
Apr. 8, 2014

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TORONTO- Good bacteria has been hailed as an antidote to all that ails the stomach, but it turns out the tiny heroes might also play a role in fighting breast cancer.

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"It probably sounded too far-fetched," said Dr. Gregor Reid, a professor of microbiology and immunology and surgery at Western University and an endowed chair at the Lawson Health Research Institute.

Reid has studied the role of bacteria in the vagina, but more recently, he wondered about bacteria researchers in Spain found in breast milk.

He expected to find bacteria in and near the nipple, but then came the surprise: In women with breast cancer, there was bacteria near the tumour deep within the breast.

"The findings open a completely new avenue for this important disease," said Reid.

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