Understanding Angiogenesis
The Angiogenic Process
Angiogenesis in Disease
Angiogenesis in Breast Cancer
Facts and Figures


Angiogenesis in Breast Cancer

Research to date has documented the process of angiogenesis that occurs in the development of breast cancer. All solid breast tumors become clinically relevant once they develop a blood supply. Recent developments in optical imaging technology and image processing make it possible to identify the minute vascular changes associated with a growing cancer in the breast at its earliest stages. These changes constitute a unique vascular profile that has the potential to indicate the presence of breast cancer before a cancerous lesion is discernable.

(Photo courtesy of Dr. David Cheresh, Scripps Research Institute.)