New research links C-reactive proteins with breast cancer
Jun 6, 2011
A new study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research links C-reactive proteins (CRP) with lower chances of breast cancer survival.
Dr. Kristine Allin of the Herlev Hospital spoke about the use of CRP measurements in predicting cancer survival rates.
"While measuring CRP levels gives a general indication of health and longevity, measuring CRP levels for breast cancer patients seems to be an easy way to predict the severity of the patient's disease. This may allow clinicians to alter their treatment tactics and improve cancer survival rates," said Allin.
Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. More than 200,000 women were newly diagnosed with the illness in 2010, reports BreastCancer.org. All women over the age of 40 should receive yearly mammograms, recommends the ACS.