How do you know if you are one of the lucky 7 of 8 that will not get breast cancer or are the 1 in 8 that will? Should you get a mammogram, which on average exposes your breasts to the radiation of 4 chest x-rays? If our screening test shows positive, there is a good reason for further evaluation, such as a mammogram.
If found early, before spreading, most breast cancers can be removed surgically
Our test is not a diagnostic test, as it only looks to see if an altered sugar is being produced. However if positive, our screening test indicates that further investigation should certainly be considered.
To obtain a sample a woman needs to gently massage her breast from the outer quadrants toward the nipple for about a minute. Then a silicone cup is added to the end of a syringe, which creates suction over the nipple that is similar to that of a breast pump. When the physician or technician draws back on the syringe, a small amount of fluid will usually be obtained, even if the patient has not breast fed for many years. No needles are involved.
According to the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, when looking at women over age 50 who had Mammography screening for 10 years or more, versus those that had mo screening, there were 4 deaths per 1,000 in the screened group compared to 5 deaths per 1,000 in those women who didn't have screening, saving only 1 life per thousand came with a significant cost.
In the non-screened group, the women had no false alarms/false positives, received no additional treatments, and had no biopsies, whereas the screened group had approx. 10% false positives or 100 false positives per 1,000 women.
Sadly the screened group of women with non-progressive cancer had 5 unnecessary partial or complete breast removals per 1,000 screened women, where the non-screened women had none.
Aside from the terrible psychological trauma associated with so-called prophylactic mastectomy, that many find unconscionable, the economic cost of the screenings, treatments, biopsies, and breast removal is immense.
If an initial screen could be developed that would better assess risk, then false positive mammogram results and the consequences could be reduced.
In the first study 92% of breast cancers were found (23 of 25) and there was only a 4% false positive rate (1 of 25)
Prior to mastectomy or lumpectomy these women with cancer in only one of their breasts were tested. Samples from each breast were taken and the results were that the altered sugar was found with a very high degree of confidence in the cancerous breast only. The P value was P = .001 which means that there was only a 1 in 1000 likelihood that the results were due to chance.
We aim to make safe, accurate, in-office, inexpensive breast screening available soon.