Scientists using the planetary protection technique have now found a new link between the breast ductal microbiome and breast cancer. The research found stark differences between the ductal fluid bacteria found in women who have experienced breast cancer and the bacteria present in those who have not.
Earlier, researchers have documented the existence of bacteria in the breast tissue. This new study marks the first exploration of a link between the breast ductal microbiome and breast cancer.
Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US applied these planetary protection techniques in the first-ever study of microorganisms in human breast ductal fluid. The breast ductal system contains the glands that produce milk and naturally secretes a substance called ‘nipple aspirate fluid’.
Because all breast cancer begins in the ducts so this exploration is critical to discovering what causes breast cancer and how the disease can be eradicated.
These new findings could potentially help setting the stage for further study on the role of microbes in causing or preventing breast cancer. The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.