First UL team aim to crack cancer code

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

BREAST cancer is on the rise amongst men due to links with increased obesity, the first dedicated cancer researcher in the University of Limerick has said.

BREAST cancer is on the rise amongst men due to links with increased obesity, the first dedicated cancer researcher in the University of Limerick has said.

Dr Patrick Kiely, a native of Tarbert, was speaking to highlight an upcoming talk in UL, entitled ‘The Biology of Cancer’, during which he will examine cancer causes, prevention, and treatment.

“Breast cancer is on the rise against men, probably due to the obesity link, and men are putting on weight where historically there wouldn’t have been,” he explained.

As October is breast cancer awareness month, he urged all women - and men who feel they may be at risk - to seek mammograms.

The latest figures from the Irish Cancer Society show that in 2009 over 2,700 people were diagnosed with breast cancer, with 135 women in Limerick diagnosed.

While nearly all cancers are on the rise, he said treatments are also becoming more successful in stemming the spread and preventing deaths.

His research primarily concerns cancer cell metastasis, or how cells break away from a primary tumour and set up secondary tumours around the body. Appointed to UL last December through grant funds by the Irish Cancer Society, the 35 year-old hopes his team will discover new drugs and develop potential new therapies to treat cancer.

Dr Kiely is a lecturer in the department of life sciences, UL, principal investigator of the laboratory of cellular and molecular biology and a member of the materials and surface science institute.

The talk will take place in the NCE-MSTL lecture room, A1-065, in the main building of UL October 20 at 7pm.