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For Younger Cancer Patients, Mastectomy vs. Breast-Conserving Surgery

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FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 – Younger breast cancer patients who have one or both breasts removed have lower levels of satisfaction and well-being than those who have breast-conserving surgery, a new study finds. The study included 560 women diagnosed with breast cancer by age 40. Of those, 28 percent had breast-conserving surgery and 72 percent had breast removal surgery (mastectomy). Of those who had ...

Healthy Lifestyle Lowers Odds of Breast Cancer's Return

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FRIDAY, Dec. 7, 2018 – There's more evidence that when a survivor of early stage breast cancer takes up healthy eating and regular exercise, the odds of the disease returning go down. The key is sticking with such programs, said study lead author Dr. Wolfgang Janni. Healthier lifestyles "might improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients if adherence is high," said Janni, who directs ...

Tamoxifen at a Lower Dose Might Still Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Tamoxifen is considered a vital weapon in the fight against breast cancer, but many women who have to take the drug struggle with its significant side effects. Now, new research shows that a lower dose of the hormone therapy helped prevent breast cancer from returning and guarded against new cancers in women who had high-risk breast tissue. On top of that, the lower dose ...

Breast Cancer Deadlier for Black Women, Despite Same Treatments

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – Even with the same treatment, black women with the most common form of breast cancer experience higher recurrence and death rates than white women, a new trial reveals. The finding pokes holes in the prevailing notion that black women with breast cancer fare worse due to less access to quality medical care, experts said. While that factor may contribute to poorer ...

Fewer Early Stage Breast Cancer Patients May Need Lymph Node Removal: Study

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THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 – For many breast cancer patients, removal of lymph nodes in the armpit area is a common procedure, due to worries that the tumor has spread to these tissues. But the operation can also bring the difficult long-term side effect of lymphedema, a painful arm swelling. Now, new Dutch research suggests that for early stage breast cancer patients, radiating the lymph nodes may ...

Kadcyla Halves Tumor Recurrence for Women With a Common Breast Cancer

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds. The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive – meaning it carries a protein that promotes cancer growth. About one in every five breast cancers is ...

For Some Women, Mammograms May Need to Begin at 30: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends. Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms as much as women in their 40s do, researchers reported. The findings support new breast cancer screening ...

Doctors Aren't Promoting Breastfeeding's Cancer-Protection Benefit

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MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Few American mothers learn from their health care providers that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 700 mothers. Of the 92 percent who said they'd breastfed, 56 percent said they knew that breastfeeding reduced breast cancer risk before they made the decision to nurse. However, only 16 percent of those ...

Even a 2-Minute Walk Counts in New Physical Activity Guidelines

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Take the stairs up to your office. Park a little further away from the grocery store. Walk your dog around the block. Carry out the trash. Any amount of physical activity – even two minutes' worth – can add up to huge benefits for your immediate and long-term health, according to the new edition of the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Previously, the ...

Mammograms Do Save Lives: Study

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FRIDAY, Nov. 9, 2018 – Women confused by the conflicting advice surrounding the benefits and timing of mammograms will be interested in a new study out of Sweden. The research, involving more than 50,000 breast cancer patients, found that those who took part in a breast cancer screening program had a 60 percent lower risk of dying from the disease in the 10 years after diagnosis, and a 47 ...

Early Birds May Have Lower Breast Cancer Risk

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Women who love the early hours of the day are less likely to develop breast cancer, a new study suggests. British researchers analyzed two data banks that included more than 409,000 women to investigate the link between sleep traits and breast cancer risk. Compared to night owls, women who are early risers had a 40 percent lower risk of breast cancer, the study found. The ...

Health Tip: What to Expect From a Breast Biopsy

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by

-- A breast biopsy involves removing a sample of breast tissue or fluid to test for the presence of cancerous cells. The U.S. National Library of Medicine says here's what you can expect from a non-surgical needle biopsy: You will lay on your side or sit on an exam table. A health care provider will clean the biopsy site and inject it with an anesthetic, so you won't feel pain during the ...

Love Organic Foods? Your Odds for Some Cancers May Fall

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MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – Paying extra for those pricey organic fruits and vegetables might pay off: New research suggests eating them might help you dodge a cancer diagnosis. People who consumed the most organic foods had a 25 percent lower cancer risk compared with those who ate the least, the study found. Specifically, eating more organically grown foods was linked to a 34 percent reduced risk ...

AHA: After 2 Breast Cancer Diagnoses, Survivor Learns She Needs a New Heart

Posted 16 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The hair loss, fatigue and nausea were a given. As a nurse, Toni C. Wild had seen patients faced with these common side effects of chemotherapy. What Wild did not expect when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29 is that the chemotherapy drugs she received would damage her heart. "It certainly has been quite the journey," said Wild. ...

Breast Cancer Screening Just May Save Your Life

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SUNDAY, Oct. 7, 2018 – Breast cancer screening is the most reliable way to detect the disease when it's at an early stage and is most treatable, experts advise. "Today, there is greater awareness of the disease, and breast cancer is being detected earlier through screening," said Dr. Kathryn Evers, senior radiologist and a professor of diagnostic imaging at Fox Chase Cancer Center in ...

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