Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A new study has found that breast cancer changes the structure of the bone to make it spread.
According to BBC, a team of researchers from the University of Sheffield found that the tumours were effectively 'fertilising' the bone to help themselves grow.
The study has been published in the Journal of Nature.
It explains that it may be possible to protect bone from a tumour's nefarious influence and consequently stop the cancer's spread.
During an experiment, researchers discovered that people suffering from secondary cancer has a certain enzyme known as LOX that prevents the bones from rebuilding themselves.
Cancer becomes more deadly and difficult to treat when around 85% of tumours spread around the body end up in bone.
Breast cancer is a common type of cancer afflicting women in many parts of the world.