There might be less breast cancer in the world if there was more breast squeezing.
According to a new study from the University of California in Berkeley, a little squeeze may help prevent cancer. The research team found that squeezing breasts may prevent malignant breast cells from triggering cancer.
Gautham Venugopalan, a leading member of the research team at the University of California in Berkeley, United States, said:
“People have known for centuries that physical force can influence our bodies. When we lift weights our muscles get bigger. The force of gravity is essential to keeping our bones strong. Here we show that physical force can play a role in the growth – and reversion – of cancer cells.”
The researchers said that there were no plans on developing a compression bra to fight cancer and women should not believe that creep on the bus who just wants to help “fight cancer” by squeezing their breasts. The team did say, however, that the new study could lead to new treatments.
Daniel Fletcher, professor of bioengineering at Berkeley, told the Huffington Post:
“Compression, in and of itself, is not likely to be a therapy. But this does give us new clues to track down the molecules and structures that could eventually be targeted for therapies.”
According to MSN, the researchers attempted to grow malignant breast epithelial cells in a flexible silicone chamber. When the malignant cells reached a new stage the researchers would squeeze the chamber. The team found that the compression helped to stop the growth and reteach the cells how to behave.
“Malignant cells have not completely forgotten how to be healthy; they just need the right cues to guide them back to a healthy growth pattern.”