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Heavier Women May Need Mammograms More Often

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MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 – Women who are overweight or obese may need to be screened for breast cancer more frequently, new Swedish research suggests. The reason? Overweight or obese women are at greater risk of having breast cancer detected after the tumor has grown large – over 2 centimeters – than their slimmer counterparts, the study found. Heavier women also have a worse prognosis when their breast cancers are detected between regular cancer screenings (known as interval cancers) than normal weight women, the findings showed. "It seems overweight women would need shorter time intervals between screenings than other women, but our study was not designed to quantify how much," explained Dr. Fredrik Strand, a radiologist at the Karolinska University Hospital. The study included more than 2,000 women from Sweden. All were aged 55 to 74, Strand said. All were diagnosed with invasive ... Read more

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Diabetes May Be Driving High Rates of Breast Cancer in Black Women

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 – Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer among black women in the United States, a new study finds. Researchers from Boston University analyzed data from more than 54,000 black women who were cancer-free at the start of the study. During the next 18 years, 914 women were diagnosed with estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer and 468 with estrogen receptor negative (ER-) breast cancer. Women with type 2 diabetes were 43 percent more likely to have developed ER- breast cancer, but had no increased risk for ER+ breast cancer. The study found that the increased risk for ER- cancer was not attributable to their weight. "While we observed no association for the most common type of breast cancer, the type that is responsive to estrogens, women with diabetes were estimated to be at increased risk of developing estrogen ... Read more

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1 in 5 Americans Still Uses Tobacco, Gov't. Reports

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THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Americans' long love affair with cancer-causing cigarettes is fading – but not gone. One in five U.S. adults still used tobacco in 2015, and most were smokers, a new federal government study of tobacco products reported Thursday. There were 49 million tobacco users, according to the 2015 U.S. National Health Interview Survey. Of those, 42 million used either cigarettes, cigars or hookahs and water pipes. The remainder used electronic cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, and dissolvable tobacco. Tobacco use was more common among men than among women, and more common among younger adults, aged 25 to 44, than older adults, aged 65 and older. Tobacco use was also higher among certain people: those in the Midwest; those with annual household incomes under $35,000; those uninsured or on Medicaid; those with a ... Read more

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Risk of Breast Cancer's Return Can Linger for Decades

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Women treated for early stage breast cancer still face a substantial risk of recurrence up to 20 years later, a large, new study shows. Cancer experts say the findings should help inform women's treatment decisions. Specifically, the researchers followed women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, which means the hormone helps fuel the cancer's growth. Standard treatment includes hormonal therapy – with drugs that block estrogen's effects – to help prevent a return of the cancer. All of the women in the study, nearly 63,000, were scheduled to receive the typical five years of hormonal therapy. Researchers found that while the women remained cancer-free for those five years, the risk for recurrence over the next 15 years was still significant. It was greatest for women whose initial cancer had spread to multiple lymph nodes near the breast by the ... Read more

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Why Many Breast Cancer Patients Short-Circuit Their Treatment

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MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – Many breast cancer patients skip recommended treatment after surgery because they lack faith in the health care system, a new study indicates. A patient survey found those who reported a general distrust of medical institutions and insurers were more likely to forgo follow-up breast cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or radiation. Trust or distrust of their own doctors did not emerge as a factor. "If we want more women with breast cancer to complete their treatment, we'll need to deal with their beliefs about the health care system – and I do think we can modify those beliefs," said study lead author Lorraine Dean. She's an assistant professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Dean's team surveyed more than 2,700 patients in Florida and Pennsylvania after breast cancer surgery. More than 30 percent disregarded their doctor's ... Read more

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Even Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Gain From Exercise

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THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – For women with advanced breast cancer, a well-planned exercise program might have a big impact on their quality of life, a small study suggests. Though cancer treatment can extend the lives of women with advanced breast cancer, many patients experience pain, fatigue and a reduced ability to carry out normal daily activities. The study involved 15 women, aged 34 to 68, who were undergoing treatment for advanced breast cancer and were not exercising. Seven continued to receive normal care, and eight were assigned to a 12-week exercise program that included an hour of exercise twice a week, including aerobic and resistance training. Compared with those in the normal-care group, women who exercised showed significant improvements in heart health, pain, fatigue, emotional well-being and the ability to do daily tasks. "This is a small group of patients, but the ... Read more

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Many High-Risk Women Skip MRI Breast Cancer Screenings

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Knowing they're at increased risk for breast cancer isn't enough to persuade many women to get MRI screenings – even if they're free. Researchers studied more than 1,000 women in a U.S. military health system who had a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk of breast cancer due to genetics or personal or family history. Between 2015 and 2016, they were offered free MRI cancer screening at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. (Women with higher than average risk are advised to start annual MRIs and mammograms at age 30, according to the American Cancer Society.) But only 23 percent of the women underwent MRI screening. That included 15 percent of those with a 20 to 24 percent lifetime risk of breast cancer, and only half of those with more than a 40 percent risk. The study was to be presented Wednesday at an American College of Surgeons meeting in San ... Read more

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Joan Lunden's Breast Cancer Journey: 'You Feel So Vulnerable'

Posted 26 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 26, 2017 – Joan Lunden – co-host of "Good Morning America" for nearly two decades and a long-time health advocate – is now also a breast cancer survivor. By sharing her experience, Lunden hopes she can help other women facing a frightening cancer diagnosis. "It's so shocking when you hear you have cancer, and you feel so vulnerable," said Lunden, 67. Lunden never missed an annual mammogram to check for breast cancer. But each year, she said the process was "nerve-racking" because she has dense breast tissue that can make it difficult to distinguish healthy breast tissue from tumor tissue. Many women with dense breast tissue, particularly those with risk factors for breast cancer such as a family history, are advised to get additional testing – an MRI or sometimes an ultrasound. When Lunden went in for an ultrasound, she received shocking news. "I had an aggressive, ... Read more

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Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

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FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2017 – A particular breast implant may be associated with a rare type of cancer, researchers report. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) is estimated to affect 1 in 30,000 women each year, but researchers said it may actually be more common. "We're seeing that this cancer is likely very underreported, and as more information on this type of cancer comes to light, the number of cases is likely to increase in the coming years," said Dr. Dino Ravnic. He is an assistant professor of surgery at Penn State College of Medicine. Penn State investigators reviewed 115 research reports in which 95 patients were evaluated to learn more about risk, development and treatment of BIA-ALCL. Nearly all cases were associated with textured breast implants, which have a slightly rough surface to keep them in the correct position. "We're still exploring the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Breast Cancer

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by

-- Family history and age are risk factors that you cannot change, but there are lifestyle choices that you can make to better control your risk of developing breast cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests: Maintain a healthy weight Exercise regularly Limit sitting. Limit alcohol. Avoid or limit hormone replacement therapy. Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

Posted 17 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 – Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests. The researchers examined medical data compiled by health insurance and health care delivery systems in the western United States, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The analysis included data on nearly 22,200 people who had weight-loss surgery between 2005 and 2012, and over 66,400 people who didn't have the surgery. More than 80 percent of the study participants were women. Within 3.5 years after their surgery, about 2,500 people had developed cancer, the findings showed. The study found that patients who'd had weight-loss surgery, compared with those who had not had the surgery, were one-third less likely to have developed cancer, particularly the types of cancer related to ... Read more

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Breast Cancer More Lethal for Blacks Than Whites

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by

MONDAY, Oct. 16, 2017 – Differences in insurance are a major reason why black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women in the United States, a new study contends. "We found that differences in insurance explained one-third of the total excess risk of death in non-elderly black women compared to white women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, while differences in tumor characteristics explained approximately one-fifth of the excess risk," lead study author Ahmedin Jemal, of the American Cancer Society (ACS), and colleagues wrote. In 2014, breast cancer death rates were 41 percent higher among black women than among white women in the United States, the researchers said. To learn more about this disparity, the investigators looked at information on more than 550,000 non-elderly women with early stage breast cancer. Black women were more likely to be uninsured ... Read more

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More Women Choose Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Over five years, the proportion of U.S. breast cancer patients opting for breast reconstruction after mastectomy grew by about two-thirds, a new government report shows. An analysis of patient data shows breast reconstruction followed 40 percent of breast-removal surgeries in 2014 – up from less than one-quarter in 2009, according to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Among age groups, women aged 65 and older accounted for the largest increase in breast reconstructive surgery – 140 percent. "This type of information is essential for policymakers and health systems seeking to keep pace with important trends in clinical care," Gopal Khanna, agency director, said in an AHRQ news release. The overall increase during the study period was 65 percent, researchers said. While reconstruction procedures increased in all insurance groups, the ... Read more

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Need Cancer Screening? Where You Work Matters

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Waiters, contractors and other employees of America's small businesses are more likely to miss out on cancer screening, mostly because of a lack of insurance, new research shows. "Workers employed at smaller organizations had substantially lower breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates" compared to people working at larger corporations or organizations, American Cancer Society (ACS) researchers reported. And poorer insurance coverage accounted for much of these differences, said the team led by ACS researcher Stacey Fedewa. One breast cancer specialist who reviewed the findings said the issue is an important one, because mammograms, colonoscopies and other screens can save lives – not to mention health care dollars. So it's crucial to "find ways to ensure that workers in smaller companies have access to health care," said Dr. Stephanie Bernik, ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Screenings Still Best for Early Detection

Posted 12 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 12, 2017 – Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, and routine screenings remain the most reliable way to detect the disease early, a breast cancer expert says. "Breast cancer can be treated more successfully if detected in its early phases, while it is small and has not yet spread," said Dr. Kathryn Evers, director of mammography at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. "With today's state-of-the-art treatment options and less extensive surgery, patients are experiencing better outcomes." Older age is a leading risk factor for breast cancer. Most women are diagnosed after the age of 50. Having certain mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes also predispose women to the disease. And there are some lifestyle-related risk factors that can be controlled, such as hormone therapy after menopause, obesity, alcohol intake ... Read more

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