Is a Breast Cancer Vaccine the Future of Preventative Treatment?
In the past, the only way to treat cervical cancer was with a hysterectomy. But with modern medical advances the HPV vaccine now acts as the primary preventive treatment for many women across the country. Is breast cancer following the same route? According to USA Today, doctors are searching for “biological targets” to help them develop a vaccine for the disease.
The medical community doesn’t have a firm understanding of what causes breast cancer, however, if certain forms are the result of a virus, researchers can develop a vaccine to prevent the tumors. What is known at this point is breast cancer could theoretically be caused by this type of infection.
“We’re not going to get very far unless we ask those big questions,” Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, told USA Today. “[The United States focuses] the vast majority of research dollars on the next treatment for breast cancer. But we only see incremental benefits from all of these treatment drugs.”
The NBCC is working to try and find a cure for breast cancer. The group has set a date of Jan. 1, 2020 as the desired timeframe to develop treatment to eradicate the disease. At present, it has a grassroots network of 60,000 individuals.