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 [...]


Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

August 18, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older people who aren’t expected to live more than 10 years are still being screened for prostate, breast, cervical and colon cancer — even though it is unlikely to benefit them, a new study finds.
Unnecessary screening can lead to invasive procedures, such as biopsies, and [...]


Exercise Helps Protect Black Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

August 15, 2014

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Brisk walking and other forms of exercise reduce a black woman’s risk of breast cancer, U.S. researchers report.
They followed more than 44,000 black women for 16 years. They found those who exercised vigorously for seven or more hours a week were 25 percent less likely to develop breast [...]


Painkillers May Halve Risk of Breast Cancer Return in Obese Women: Study

August 14, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Obese women who have battled breast cancer might halve their chances of a recurrence if they take aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, new research suggests.
The researchers followed 440 breast cancer survivors — most of them past menopause and overweight or obese [...]


Bone Drugs Don’t Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds

August 11, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) — Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don’t appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds.
“We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four years did not have a decreased risk [...]


Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk in Older Women, Study Finds

August 11, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older women intent on keeping breast cancer at bay may want to start and maintain a regular exercise regimen, a new study shows.
The researchers found that regular physical activity cuts the odds of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, but that protection disappears if women stop exercising.
One expert wasn’t [...]


Millions Given Access to Breast, Cervical Cancer Screening: CDC

August 7, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American women have benefited from a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a new report.
The program was launched in 1991 to serve women with limited access to health care. It has provided screening [...]


There’s Now a Third Gene Linked to Breast Cancer Risk, Study Says

August 7, 2014

Mutated versions of a gene called PALB2 can dramatically increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, a new study has found.


New Cancer Classification System Might Boost Patient Outcomes

August 7, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Changes to the way cancers are classified could lead to more accurate diagnoses and perhaps more effective treatments in about one in 10 cancer patients, new research suggests.
Typically, cancers are categorized according to the tissue in which they originated, such as breast, bladder or kidney cancer. But tissues [...]


Women Over 75 May Benefit From Mammograms

August 5, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Women 75 and older may still benefit from routine mammograms, according to new research.
However, not everyone agrees with this study’s conclusions.
“Mammography detects breast cancer early, when it’s more treatable and the risk of death is very low,” said study researcher Judith Malmgren, an affiliate [...]



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