At the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology results were presents that show how physical presser prevented malignant breast cells from triggering cancer.  MSN UK reports that the study found a squeeze may guide the cells back to a normal growth pattern.

"The study involved growing malignant breast epithelial cells within a gel injected into flexible silicone chambers. This allowed the scientists to apply compression during the first stages of cell growth, effectively squashing the cells.

Over time, the squeezed malignant cells began to grow in a more normal and organized way.

Once the breast tissue structure was formed the cells stopped growing, even when the compressive force was removed. Non-compressed cells continued to display the haphazard and uncontrolled growth that leads to cancer."

Researchers don't see a future where coping a feel is a recommended course of action, but they thing this information may lead to new treatment.