This October we need to be more aware of cancer research that won’t just treat the disease but prevent breast cancer as a whole. Geneticist and cancer biologist John Joseph Bittner first discovered the Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus in 1939.

Ever since, researchers like Dr. James Holland of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Dr. Beatriz Pogo from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine have been further finding viral causes in human breast cancer.

Pogo discovered that a 660-base-pair of an MMTV gene is linked to human endogenous retroviruses. Out of 314 breast tumors, Pogo found the gene linked to retroviruses in 38 percent of the tumors.

Essentially, researchers have come closer to determining the existence of a Human Mammary Tumor Virus. If a virus is found to be one cause of breast cancer, the next step will be to create a breast cancer vaccine targeting this virus.

In 2010, Dr. Vincent Tuohy and his team at the Cleveland Clinic tested a breast cancer vaccine that was found to be effective in 100 percent of mouse models. More recently, Tuohy gained the funding needed to test the vaccine in women through a Phase I clinical trial.

Since then, Cleveland Clinic unleashed the company Shield Biotech to further develop the preventive breast cancer vaccine. If this vaccine is found effective in women, you will need to wait a while longer. It may take another 10 years before the vaccine hits the market.

Dr. Kathleen Ruddy, breast cancer surgeon and founder of the Breast Health & Healing Foundation, just published a new book about the pink virus and vaccine. Dr. Ruddy wrote a book called The End of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine.

By reading this book, you will learn much more about the Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus and its connection to women’s breast health. The virus has been linked to human breast cancers in at least 40 percent of cases.

The final proof toward the existence of a virus that causes breast cancer is within our reach. Once we have definite proof, the strive toward creating a breast cancer vaccine will continue. A vaccine could play a major role in preventing this devastating disease and keep women cancer-free.

To learn more about the virus that may cause breast cancer, click here to buy Dr. Ruddy’s book The End of Breast Cancer: A Virus and the Hope for a Vaccine.

To keep up to date on the breast cancer virus and vaccine in Cleveland Clinic, be sure to tune into PBS this month. Dr. Kathleen Ruddy was on a panel discussion filmed by PBS as a town hall meeting. The panel discussion centered around the breast cancer virus and vaccine.

The Cleveland Clinic hosted this town hall on September 21st and PBS will be distributing video of this event nationally during October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Bringing more awareness toward breast cancer research aimed to prevent the disease is vital during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So be sure to tell your friends and family about the breast cancer virus and vaccine. Tune in to PBS this month! And don’t forget to buy Dr. Kathleen Ruddy’s book here or here.

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