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Good News for Older Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer

Posted 27 Jan 2017 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 27, 2017 – Older women treated for a very early form of breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), do not have an overall increased risk of early death compared to their peers, a new study finds. "Being diagnosed with DCIS can be extremely distressing, and research indicates that many women overestimate the risks involved and are confused about treatment. This study should provide reassurance that a diagnosis of DCIS does not raise the risk of dying," said Dr. Lotte Elshof. She is an epidemiologist at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam. Elshof was to present the findings Friday at the European Cancer Congress in Amsterdam. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, DCIS "is a noninvasive cancer where abnormal cells have been found in the lining of the breast milk duct. The atypical cells have not spread outside of the ducts into the ... Read more

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Sugary, High-Fat Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – Overweight and obese women who eat a Western-style diet may develop more dense breast tissue, possibly increasing their risk for breast cancer, Spanish researchers report. The women were about 41 percent more likely to have denser breast tissue than women who ate a Mediterranean-type diet. "Generally, it is important to maintain an adequate weight through life by controlling caloric intake, reducing consumption of energy-dense foods," said study co-author Dr. Marina Pollan, a cancer epidemiologist at the National Center of Epidemiology in Madrid. These include foods found in a Western-style diet, especially high-fat dairy products (whole milk, high-fat cheeses and ice cream), processed meats (bacon, ham and salami)and refined grains (white bread, pasta and white rice). Other examples include sweets and sweetened drinks, convenience foods (pizza, French fries and ... Read more

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Wide Variation Seen in 'Dense' Breast Diagnoses

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – A woman's odds of being told she has "dense" breasts may depend on which radiologist reads her mammogram, a new study finds. The study, which involved centers in four U.S. states, found that radiologists varied widely in how often they defined mammography patients' breasts as dense. Higher breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer, experts note. The range went from 6 percent of patients to nearly 85 percent, the researchers reported. The findings could have implications for the so-called breast density notification laws that have been passed in about half of U.S. states. Under the laws, mammography results must inform women whether their breasts appeared dense on the X-ray. Dense breasts have little fat and a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue, which makes it harder to see tumors. They are also a risk factor for developing breast cancer, the researchers ... Read more

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Breast Concerns May Sideline Many Teen Girls From Sports

Posted 20 Jan 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2016 – Researchers in England have discovered a surprising reason why teen girls may not play sports – their breasts. About half of all girls at British high schools may be avoiding sports due to breast-related concerns or problems, the study authors said. "Previous studies of adult women have shown time and again that the same concerns are directly responsible for women no longer taking part in sport or exercise," said study author Joanna Scurr. She leads the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth. "What makes this worse is, as scientists, we know proper breast support reduces or even eliminates the problems associated with breast movement during sport. All that is needed is better education, preferably at puberty for all girls," Scurr said in a university news release. The study included surveys from more than 2,000 girls, aged 11 to 17, ... Read more

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