Breast Cancer Research Identifies 10 Critical Gaps

The Gap Analysis of 2013, a collaboration of the Institute for Cancer Research in

London and the University of Dundee, is the most comprehensive breast cancer review

to date.  The goal of this research is to provide knowledge and activity

that will lead to prevention, cures and survival by 2050.

There were 10 key areas, which are considered gaps in research and treatment, that

have been identified and if pursued could have a significant impact on eliminating

this disease.

They are:


1. Understanding the genetics and changes that lead to the development of breast


2.  Identifying lifestyle changes that will have significant risk reduction.

3. Targeting screening to those with higher risk and finding the accurate ways to

determine someone’s risk.

4. Understanding the molecules and processes that exacerbate breast cancer tumors,

and what allows other forms of breast cancer to grow and spread.

5.  Understanding different types of cancer cells and how some tumors can harbor

more than one type.

6.  Developing tests that would determine a women’s response to chemotherapy or


7.  Understanding how to use combinations of drugs and therapies to improve

treatment outcomes.

8.  Developing enhanced imaging techniques.

9.  Providing improved support programs to encourage emotional health.

10.  Collect tissue and blood samples throughout a breast cancer patient’s treatment

to aid in the study of the disease.


For more information please refer to the journal for Breast Cancer Research and the

Breast Cancer Campaign.


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