It is estimated that 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer throughout their lifetime. There are over 100 different types of cancers; diseases that all begin in our cells. Cancerous tissue is composed of stem cells that can grow and divide out of control, forming cancerous growths.
In Canada, women’s breast cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer and an estimated 26,300 women were diagnosed in 2017. With SCN funding support, leading researcher Connie Eaves and her team at the BC Cancer Agency described the “mother cell” of the mammary gland and grew human mammary glands in mice. This breakthrough is helping researchers determine the cause of breast cancer, discovering ways to prevent malignancies, and developing tumour-fighting drugs.