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Breast Density May Be Leading Indicator of Cancer Risk

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 2, 2017 – Women whose breasts are predominantly made up of more dense, glandular tissue face higher odds for breast cancer, a new study finds. The researchers added that, based on their study of 200,000 women, breast density may be the most important gauge of breast cancer risk, eclipsing family history of the disease and other risk factors. "The most significant finding in this ...

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 ...

Self-Exam of Breast Should Be Thorough

Posted 12 Nov 2016 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 11, 2016 – There are five steps women should follow to ensure a monthly breast self-exam is effective, an expert says. "The most important thing about a breast self-examination is to know your breasts," said Dr. Laura Kruper, a breast cancer surgeon at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. "Many women detect breast cancers or breast lumps themselves and that can be the beginning of an ...

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 ...

Exercise Doesn't Seem to Affect Breast Density

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 – Researchers report that exercise does not appear to affect breast density – a major risk factor for breast cancer. Women with dense breasts are at increased risk for breast cancer, and physical activity is known to help protect against breast cancer. Previous research looking at a possible connection between exercise and breast density have been inconclusive. This ...

Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?

Posted 8 Dec 2014 by

MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 – New research questions the value of ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts who've had a normal mammogram. Although dense breasts are a known risk factor for breast cancer, this increasingly common strategy doesn't appear to improve survival much but does "substantially" boost costs and false-positive results, researchers found. "Performing ultrasound for all ...

Dense Breasts Not Linked to Cancer Deaths

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by

MONDAY, Aug. 20 – Highly dense breast tissue is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, but it does not increase a woman's odds of death if she does develop the disease, a new study finds. "It is reassuring that elevated breast density – a prevalent and strong breast cancer risk factor – was not associated with risk of breast cancer death or death from any cause," said Gretchen Gierach, a ...

Researchers Spot New Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Posted 1 Nov 2010 by

MONDAY, Nov. 1 – Women with dense breasts and no lobular involution – an age-related change in breast tissue – are at increased risk for breast cancer, a new study finds. It included 2,666 women, aged 18 to 85, with benign breast disease who were followed for an average of 13.3 years. During that time, 172 (6.5 percent) of the women developed breast cancer. The Mayo Clinic researchers found ...

Teen Drinking May Boost Breast Problems Later

Posted 12 Apr 2010 by

MONDAY, April 12 – Frequent alcohol consumption by teenage girls may increase the chances that they will develop non-cancerous breast disease in their 20s and possibly breast cancer later in life. Research published online April 12 in the journal Pediatrics found that girls who drank the most alcohol during their teen years – daily or nearly every day – were five times more likely to develop ...

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