Cell surface differences in ducts from cancerous and noncancerous human breasts

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Science  30 May 1975:
Vol. 188, Issue 4191, pp. 947-949
DOI: 10.1126/science.166433


The scanning electron microscope reveals structural differences between the apical microvilli of duct cells from cancerous and noncancerous human breasts. The alterations in the microvilli from carcinomatous breasts appear to be highly specific, to extend throughout the affected breast, and may be pathognomonic for this condition.