A collaboration of scientists (from Denmark, Brazil, Germany and the UK) developing a new detection and treatment method for breast cancer have recently published early results from their work in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer, making it the most common cancer in the UK. Current detection methods (such as mammograms) can only detect between 65% and 95% of cancers, and developing better methods of detection is a priority. If not detected and treated early enough, breast cancer can spread to other areas of the body, increasingly the likelihood that the disease will prove fatal.
The team of scientists have been using the POLARIS instrument at ISIS to develop a new bio-nanocomposite that they hope will ultimately lead to earlier detection, and more successful treatment, of breast cancer.
Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-12-nanomaterial-treatment-breast-cancer.html#jCp