Some Benefits of Screening Elderly Women for Breast Cancer Questioned

September 16, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Including women older than 70 in national breast cancer screening programs won’t lead to a sharp reduction in advanced forms of the disease, a new study finds.
In fact, mass breast cancer screening programs could result in older women being overdiagnosed and overtreated, the Dutch researchers reported.
So, the decision [...]

Can Prediabetes Raise Risk of Certain Cancers?

September 8, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Having prediabetes may increase a person’s risk for cancer, researchers report.
The researchers analyzed 16 studies that included nearly 900,000 people from around the world and found that people with prediabetes had a 15 percent overall increased risk of cancer. People with prediabetes have blood sugar levels that are [...]

Do Bras Cause Breast Cancer?

September 5, 2014

When it comes to breast cancer risk, women’s bras are off the hook, a new study says.

Is Soy a Foe to Women With Breast Cancer?

September 4, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Soy protein may increase activity in genes linked to breast cancer growth — at least in certain women who already have the disease, a new study suggests.
Experts said the findings, reported in the Sept. 4 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, shouldn’t scare women off [...]

The Angelina Effect: More Women Getting Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

September 3, 2014

In the months after actress and activist Angelina Jolie revealed last year that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy because of an increased risk for breast cancer, the number of women referred for genetic counseling went up dramatically, a new Canadian study shows.

Personal Reminders Seem to Boost Mammography Rates

September 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Reminder letters signed by family doctors improve the chances that women who are overdue for mammography will return for the breast cancer screening, a new study finds.
Researchers looked at nearly 5,400 women, ages 52 to 74, in British Columbia, Canada, who had normal results on a prior screening [...]

Women Who Choose Double Mastectomy Don’t Have Better Survival Odds

September 3, 2014

More U.S. women with early stage breast cancer are choosing to have both breasts removed as a precautionary step, although the double mastectomy provides no apparent survival advantage, researchers say.

Complication Rates Low With Mastectomy, Breast Reconstruction: Study

September 2, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Complications are rare among breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy and reconstruction, a new study indicates.
However, the researchers did find that a double mastectomy was associated with a slightly higher risk for certain complications than a single mastectomy.
The study included more than 18,000 breast cancer patients who had [...]

New Guidelines for Treating Form of Advanced Breast Cancer

September 2, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A leading group of oncologists has released updated guidelines for the treatment of the major form of advanced breast cancer.
HER2-negative breast tumors include cancers that don’t respond to drugs that target the HER2 protein, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) explained Tuesday in a news release. [...]

Many Women Who Have Mastectomy Don’t Get Breast Reconstruction: Study

August 20, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy has long been an option, but a new study shows that only about 42 percent of women choose it.
“The most common reasons women didn’t undergo reconstruction was that they felt it wasn’t important, they weren’t interested in more surgery or [...]


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