Black Women at Raised Risk of Carrying Breast Cancer Genes

August 27, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young black women have a higher rate of breast and ovarian cancer-related gene mutations than previously believed, a new study finds.
These inherited mutations occur in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. It has been estimated that about 5 percent of breast cancer patients in the United States have […]


Why Mammograms Can Affect Your Mental Health

August 26, 2015

In a finding that won’t surprise many who’ve been through this ordeal, researchers say emotional turmoil is common for women whose mammogram falsely suggests they have breast cancer.


Blood Test May One Day Predict Breast Cancer Relapse

August 26, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An experimental blood test may one day detect the return of early stage breast cancer months before it is revealed by CT or MRI scans, researchers report.
Initial treatment with surgery or chemotherapy can miss some cancer cells. The new test can detect DNA shed […]


Acupuncture Beats Drugs for Hot Flashes, Study Finds

August 25, 2015

Needles beat pills for treating hot flashes in breast cancer survivors, according to a new trial that compared acupuncture, “sham” acupuncture, the medication gabapentin and a placebo pill.


Early Stage Breast Cancer Is Not An ‘Emergency,’ Researchers Say

August 20, 2015

Only 3 percent of women diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer will die of their disease within 20 years, and more aggressive treatment does not improve that high survival rate, a new study suggests.


Just One Drink a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk for Women

August 19, 2015

Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report.


Scientists Probe Obesity’s Ties to Breast Cancer Risk

August 19, 2015

By Emily WillinghamHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Obesity is a well-known risk factor for breast cancer, but researchers haven’t figured out what connects the two. A new study suggests the link may be due to a change in breast tissue structure, which might promote breast cells to progress to cancer.
The findings, based […]


Broader Gene Tests for Breast, Ovarian Cancer Might Benefit Some: Study

August 13, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer might benefit from a broader genetic test that includes more than 20 genes that have been found to increase cancer risk, a new study suggests.
Genetic tests have tended to focus solely on BRCA1 and […]


Higher-Dose, Short-Duration Radiation Better for Early Breast Cancer: Study

August 6, 2015

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A shorter course of radiation therapy is better for women with early stage breast cancer, according to a new study.
Specifically, it found that those who received higher doses of whole breast radiation over a shorter period of time had fewer side effects and a better quality of life […]


After Breast Cancer, Many in Appalachia Say No to Lifesaving Drugs

July 27, 2015

MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — About one-third of breast cancer survivors in the Appalachian region of the United States do not take potentially lifesaving drugs, even though their drugs are covered by insurance, a new study finds.
The study included 428 breast cancer survivors in the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and […]




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