US scientists have managed to develop a vaccine for breast cancer! Over 45000 women in the UK are affected by breast cancer. Currently the US has 2 licensed vaccines against cancers - Cervical and Liver - but these are really vaccines against the viruses surrounding those diseases. Currently Parvovirus (for some cervical cancers) vaccines are being rolled out to school age girls in Scotland and have been for the last couple of years.
This new development sound very interesting indeed. The key component is á-selactalbumin, a whey protein in cows milk. So far it has been tested on mice and while a fully usable vaccine is many years off it sounds like amazing progress.
Imagine a world free of breast cancer. Families with mothers, sisters and daughters free of this awful disease. Families where these women live full lives and do not have to endure chemotherapy or have to worry about relapse. Developments like this really make me proud to be a scientist.