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Genetic Testing Underused in Breast Cancer Patients: Study

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should have genetic testing don't receive it, a new study finds. Genetic testing can play an important part in deciding the best course of treatment, the University of Michigan researchers noted. The study included just over 1,700 women with early stage breast cancer who could benefit from genetic testing. Not ...

Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

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TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – "Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns. The report, released Tuesday, argues that urgent action is needed to stem the growing price tags associated with new cancer drugs, particularly if the price doesn't match the amount of benefit the drug ...

Cutting Chemo Heart Risks for Breast Cancer Patients

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MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – Two classes of blood pressure drugs show promise in preventing heart complications caused by chemotherapy for breast cancer, researchers report. One in four women who receives the chemo drug Herceptin develops potentially dangerous heart problems. However, the drug is highly effective at treating an aggressive form of breast cancer called HER2-positive, the scientists ...

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines May Miss Minorities

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WEDNESDAY, March 7, 2018 – Breast cancer screening guidelines are based mainly on scientific data from white women, and that bias could cause delayed detection of the disease in minorities, researchers report. "While a lot of attention has been focused on improving the 'cultural competency' of clinical care – caring for patients in ways that accommodate their cultural and language differences ...

FDA Approves First Home Test for Three BRCA Breast Cancer Genes

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TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 – The first consumer test for three BRCA gene mutations associated with breast, ovarian and prostate cancer risk has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The three gene mutations are most common in people of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent, but are not the most common BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations in the general population. The test, from 23nMe, ...

Friends' Experiences Sway Women's Choices on Breast Cancer Care

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FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 – Women who've had a friend or relative die of breast cancer say they're likely to opt for aggressive prevention measures if they develop the cancer, according to new research. "The cancer of someone you care about is a lens through which you interpret your own risk," study lead author Tasleem Padamsee said in a news release from Ohio State University. "Our study suggests ...

Newer Breast MRI May Be More Accurate and Easier

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TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report. In a study in Germany, the new technique reduced false-positive findings by 70 percent. The scan was also able to detect 98 percent of breast cancers correctly, the researchers ...

Family History of Breast Cancer Matters, Even for Older Women

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MONDAY, Feb. 19, 2018 – Women with a family history of breast cancer remain at higher risk for breast cancer even after age 65, a new study suggests. The findings could influence screening recommendations for older women, said researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center, in Washington, D.C. Age is the strongest risk factor for breast cancer. But having a mother, sister or daughter with ...

Highly Processed Foods Tied to Higher Cancer Risk

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – If you worry about ever getting cancer, you might want to pass on the processed foods at your supermarket. Every 10 percent dietary increase in packaged snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals and other highly processed foods boosts the risk for cancer by 12 percent, new research suggests. Breast cancer, in particular, was associated with greater consumption of ...

Breast Cancer Treatment Can Be Tough on the Heart

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THURSDAY, Feb. 1, 2018 – Certain breast cancer treatments may take a toll on the heart, but women can take steps to minimize the risks, according to a new report from the American Heart Association. It's well-known that treatments such as chest radiation and certain drugs can damage the heart, sometimes leading to chronic heart disease. The AHA report, published Feb. 1 in the journal ...

Extra Body Fat May Raise Breast Cancer Risk, No Matter Your Weight

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FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2018 – Older women who carry some extra body fat may face a heightened risk of breast cancer – even if their weight is normal, a new study finds. "This suggests women should not just concentrate on weight," said Mia Gaudet, strategic director of breast and gynecologic cancer research for the American Cancer Society. "Instead, they should focus on doing things that can help ...

Workouts May Boost Life Span After Breast Cancer

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MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Longer survival after breast cancer may be as simple as staying fit, new research shows. In the new study, regular exercise appeared to reduce breast cancer survivors' risk of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even the odds for breast cancer's return. One breast cancer specialist said the findings should give survivors hope. "A common question asked by patients who ...

Obamacare Led to Rise in Breast Cancer Screening

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 – More American women started getting recommended mammography screening after an "Obamacare" rule made the tests free, a new study finds. The rule meant that Medicare and most private insurers could no longer require women to foot part of the bill – whether through copays or requiring them to pay a deductible first. After the rule went into effect, the study found, the ...

Lynparza (Olaparib), First Treatment Approved for Breast Cancer Caused by Specific Gene Mutation

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FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Lynparza (olaparib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat spreading breast cancer caused by a BRCA gene mutation. The drug is among a class called poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, which are designed to block an enzyme involved in repairing damaged DNA. The hope is that by blocking the repair of cancer cells, the cells will die ...

BRCA Breast Cancer Gene Doesn't Affect Patient Survival: Study

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FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2018 – Young breast cancer patients with a BRCA gene mutation have the same chances of survival after treatment as those without the mutation, a new study finds. BRCA mutations are inherited and increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Between 45 percent and 90 percent of women with a BRCA mutation develop breast cancer, compared with about 12.5 percent of women in the ...

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