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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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Know the Signs of Ovarian Cancer and Your Risks

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THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – About 22,440 American women will learn they have ovarian cancer this year, and more than 14,000 will die from the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Often called a "silent killer," ovarian cancer is the 9th most common type of malignancy in women in the United States. Every woman should know the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. While the causes are unclear, those at increased risk are over age 55; those with a close relative (mother, daughter or sister) with ovarian cancer; and women with a family history of breast, uterine or colon cancers, according to the Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J. Others at increased risk include women who have had breast, uterine or colon cancer and women who have never been pregnant. Women with a strong family history of ovarian or breast cancer may be candidates for genetic testing to check for 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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Even Light Drinking May Raise Your Cancer Risk

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TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes," said ASCO President Dr. Bruce Johnson. "However, the link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established and gives the medical community guidance on how to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer," he said in a society news release. Alcohol is directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths worldwide, according to the statement. The paper cites evidence tying light, moderate or heavy drinking to higher risk of common malignancies such as breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck ... 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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Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

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MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests. Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. Now, Norwegian investigators say it may also protect against any type of cancer and from prostate, lung and breast cancer, in particular. Lower colon cancer risk was also reported, but only in people taking warfarin for A-fib, according to the study. The findings don't prove that warfarin reduces the risk of cancer, cautioned lead researcher James Lorens. "This is an observational study using data on more than 1.25 million people 50 and older from Norwegian national registries, and cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship," said Lorens, a professor of biomedicine ... 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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Speed Up the 'Cancer Moonshot,' Doctors Urge

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TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – The Cancer Moonshot Initiative now has a detailed road map designed to cram a decade's worth of medical advancement into half that time. A new report, authored by more than 50 leading U.S. cancer doctors, highlights 13 priority areas for improving the medical response to cancer, along with measurable goals and a specific timeline for meeting each of those objectives. The plan is intended to help "accelerate existing progress so that we deliver in five years what would have historically taken 10," said Dr. Cliff Hudis, chief executive officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and co-author of the report. It was created by The Lancet Oncology Commission on Future Research Priorities in the USA. In late 2016, Congress appropriated $1.8 billion for cancer research funding over the next seven years for the so-called Cancer Moonshot, said commission ... Read more

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Health Tip: Being a Cancer Caregiver

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

-- Helping to care for a person with cancer may involve issues ranging from understanding medication side effects and communicating with family to providing information to a patient's doctor to help determine if a treatment is working. The American Cancer Society offers this advice for cancer caregivers, recognizing they may feel overworked and under-appreciated: Always respect your feelings and those of the patient. Use "I" statements, rather than "you" statements. For instance, say, "I need a break" instead of "You never help me!" Focus on the present rather than bringing up past patterns or issues. Offer comforting assertions, such as: "I want to be here for you to help you get through this. You're not alone." 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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Many Cancer Patients Skimp on Treatment Due to Cost

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – The high cost of cancer care in the United States has led more than one-quarter of patients to cut back on some part of their treatment, a new survey reveals. Commissioned by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the report found that 27 percent of cancer survivors or close relatives of a cancer patient said they'd skipped doctor visits or taken other steps to reduce health costs. To save money, nearly one in 10 said they had avoided doctor appointments. Eight percent had refused treatment; postponed filling or not filled prescriptions; or skipped doses of prescribed medications. And 7 percent said they had cut pills in half, according to the survey of more than 4,000 adults. Such measures can jeopardize treatment success, ASCO says. "We should all be alarmed that Americans are potentially risking not only their health, but also their lives, due to ... Read more

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Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

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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Obamacare Widened Access to Cancer Care

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THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – More U.S. cancer patients gained insurance they needed for their care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), new research reveals. Researchers tracked government data on more than 858,000 adults aged 19 to 64 with a first-time cancer diagnosis. The uninsured rate fell from just over 5.7 percent between 2010-2013 to about 3.8 percent in 2014, when the ACA health insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion went into effect, the study found. Increases in coverage occurred for people with numerous types of cancer, those with early- and late-stage disease, and among different ethnic/racial groups, the study found. The finding has real implications for patients, the researchers say, as Congress wrestles with a potential repeal or replacement of Obamacare. "Policy changes that reduce Medicaid funding or weaken protections for individuals with pre-existing condition ... 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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