So-Called ‘Apple Shape’ Not a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer: Study

April 18, 2014

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Body shape — whether a woman is wide at the waistline — is not in itself a risk factor for breast cancer, according to a large new study.
But overall body weight is a factor, the researchers added.
Previous studies have suggested that being “apple-shaped” or having excess fat around [...]

Blood Test Aims to Predict Breast Cancer’s Return

April 15, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new blood test may one day help predict the recurrence of breast cancer and also a woman’s response to breast cancer treatment, researchers report.
“We are able to do this with literally a spoonful of serum [blood],” said study co-author Saraswati Sukumar, who is co-director [...]

Cheaper ‘Gene Panel’ Screening May Reveal Cancer Risks

April 14, 2014

MONDAY, April 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study found that 10 percent of women with a personal or family history of breast or other cancers had at least one gene mutation that would lead their doctors to recommend changes in their routine care, including increased cancer screening.
These women did not have BRCA1 or [...]

Vegetables in Childhood May Benefit Breast Health

April 11, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Girls who ate the most fruits and vegetables rich in carotenoids were less likely to get benign breast disease, a new study suggests.
Carotenoids are a group of pigments that typically produce an orange, red or dark green color. They are believed to have antioxidant properties [...]

Eating a High-Fat Diet May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

April 10, 2014

For more than three decades, experts have debated whether eating a high-fat diet increases breast cancer risk. Now, new research suggests it might boost the chances of three common types of breast cancer.

Could Daughter’s Cancer Risk Be Affected by Father’s Age at Birth?

April 8, 2014

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A father’s age at the time of his daughter’s birth may affect her risk for breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in adulthood, a new study suggests.
Researchers examined data from more than 133,000 women who took part in a study of California teachers and administrators. Between 1995 and 2010, [...]

Experimental Breast Cancer Drug Seems Safe, Effective for Advanced Disease

April 6, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, April 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — In an early trial, an experimental breast cancer drug stopped disease growth and shrank tumors by more than 30 percent in some patients.
The pill, bemaciclib, was safe and well-tolerated by women with breast cancer that had spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body, [...]

Fertility Drugs May Not Raise Breast Cancer Risk: Study

April 3, 2014

THURSDAY, April 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Widely used fertility drugs don’t seem to increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, according to a new study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,800 American women who were evaluated for infertility between 1965 and 1988 and followed until 2010. During the follow-up period, 749 of the women [...]

New Review Suggests Benefits of Annual Mammograms Are Overstated

April 1, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of mammography screening are probably oversold, while the risks — especially “overdiagnosis” — are underappreciated, a new review concludes.
The report, published in the April 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, adds to the controversy that’s been building in recent [...]

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Suffer Financially, Study Finds

March 28, 2014

FRIDAY, March 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — One-quarter of breast cancer survivors are worse off financially four years after their diagnosis, and 12 percent still have medical debt from their cancer therapy, a new study finds.
“As oncologists, we are proud of the advances in our ability to cure an increasing proportion of patients diagnosed with [...]


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