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Fluorescence images of uncompressed (left) and compressed (right) colonies of malignant breast epithelial cells. Compressed colonies are smaller and more organized. Photo: Fletcher Lab

Fluorescence images of uncompressed (left) and compressed (right) colonies of malignant breast epithelial cells. Compressed colonies are smaller and more organized. Photo: Fletcher Lab

Yes, you read that right. No this is not a joke. Though it’s not just playing with them that does the trick. A new study from the University of California in Berkeley shows a remarkable correlation between breast compression and the reduction of cancerous breast tissue.  The study suggests that cancerous breast cells have simply “forgotten” how to be healthy and with a little cuddle time with other healthy breast cells they can be retaught how to be healthy. “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,” said Gautham Venugopalan, a member of the “Let’s just squash cancer” research team.
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