In addition to the Methylobacterium finding, cancer patients' urine samples were found to have increased levels of gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Actinomyces.
"We know that numerous women who are receiving (double) mastectomy do not have advanced tumors that require mastectomy even on the affected side", said lead study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi of the University of MI in Ann Arbor.
Severti said she has a pamphlet in the shower that has instructions for breast examinations. Narrowing down individual chances will provide women with better information, so that they may make the proper choices regarding surgery.
"I think it helps a lot to know the procedure and to be aware how it's done", she said.
About 12 percent of American women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Ram said that more than 60 per cent of breast cancers in India present in the advanced stages and hence death rate from breast cancer is also very high.
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"To my knowledge, this is the first study to examine both breast tissue and distant sites of the body for bacterial differences in breast cancer", said Charis Eng, chair of Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute.
Despite the staggering statistics, there's something else nearly more incredible. NJCEED is a program that offers free breast, colorectal, prostate and cervical cancer screenings to individuals who can not afford their deductible or co-pay, or do not have insurance.
"I have women come in and I have to give them frightful information", Stewart said. According to statistics of World Health Organization, more than 60% of the women are diagnosed with breast cancer at stage III or IV in India.
For early detection of breast cancer, doctors advise people to undergo a mammogram test after reaching the age of 21 and check if there are any lump in one's breast and skin.