PEORIA, Ill. - October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Center in Peoria is trying to increase awareness by urging survivors to participate in clinical trials.
These trials allow doctors to see how new vaccinations react to men and women of different ethnic backgrounds. The Komen Foundation says there are ways you can get involved.
"We have all these researchers out there but if we cant get into that clinical trial phase than we get those things to the patient," said Gayle Young, with the Susan G. Komen.
Young says you should forget any misconception you may have about clinical trials. These help come up with new solutions to the current problems people experience with breast cancer.
Currently researchers are working on a new drug that could reduce the chances of being diagnosed a second time. A vaccine geared to curing patients with triple negative breast cancer, one of the deadliest types, is in the works.
"This trial is looking at the effectiveness of the vaccine," said Young. "It's given after an early stage of breast cancer diagnosed and is used then to reduce the chance of reoccurrence."
The foundation says this is a fight that needs everyone's participation to see a positive ending.
To find out how you can get involved visit https://komenmemorial.org/ or https://clinicaltrials.gov/.
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