National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund Helps Fund Breakthrough Research for Cancer Cure.
January 25th, 2013 by Brian Maiorana
Breast cancer attacks our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our colleagues. Very few people are left untouched by this virulent form of cancer, and the tens of billions of research dollars devoted to its eradication are surpassed only by the pain and suffering it causes its victims and their families.
During early 2012, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund’s director, Brian Maiorana, became aware of exciting news concerning breast cancer treatment research. In September of 2011, scientists at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center identified a virus (AAV2) that commonly enters the human body, but causes no negative health effects; this virus was observed in experiments to kill breast cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. Treating breast cancer is particularly difficult; each stage in the disease’s progression requires different treatment methods. The AAV2 virus seems to stop the growth of cancer regardless of what stage the disease is in.
The discovery of the AAV2 virus and its potential application in treating not only breast cancer but all forms of cancer opens an exciting new vista of possibility in the search for a cure.
Cutting edge research, of course, requires massive funding, and the National Breast Cancer Awareness Fund is proud to financially support the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and its research into new forms of breast cancer treatment.