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A preventive vaccine for breast cancer

After 10 years of study, a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic believes he has created the world's first preventive vaccine for breast cancer, much like the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. 

Dr. Vincent Tuohy, an immunologist, says the hope now is that it will work in women as it has been in mice.  "When we vaccinated those animals at two months of age we found that none of the mice that received the vaccine, none of them developed any tumors by the ten month period."

Dr. Kathleen T. Ruddy said, "We could really put an end to this in the same way that we have pretty much put an end to diseases like polio."

So what's holding up human trials of the vaccine?  The answer is money, which is why a grass roots effort has been launched to raise the six million dollars needed to fund the first round of clinical trials in women.  If you'd like to learn more about that, go to http://my.clevelandclinic.org/giving/where-to-give/tuohy_vaccine.aspx

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