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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 study is the impact of breast density on development of breast cancer in the population," said study senior author Dr. Karla Kerlikowske. She is a researcher in the department of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Still, not everyone is convinced that breast tissue density is the preeminent risk factor for breast cancer. Dr. Kristin Byrne is chief of breast imaging at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. She believes that the numbers in the ... Read more

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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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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 important conversation with your doctor." "Start by looking for differences between your breasts. Good breast self-exams should be concerned with both the look and feel of breasts. The look element should be performed while either standing or sitting in front of a mirror, with your clothes removed," she added in a City of Hope news release. "Examine both breasts and look for: visible lumps; any unusual differences between the two breasts; dimpling or indentations in the breast tissue; redness, ... 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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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 latest study found no link between the two. This suggests that physical activity's protective effect against breast cancer is due to other factors, according to lead researcher Shadi Azam, from the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues. The findings were culled from a review of the physical activity levels of more than 5,700 women in Denmark. The women were screened for breast cancer between 1991 and 2001. The study was presented Thursday at the European Breast Cancer Conference in ... Read more

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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 women with dense breasts after a negative mammogram would produce relatively few benefits," said study researcher Brian Sprague, assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont. In the United States, at least 19 states require doctors to notify women of their breast density after undergoing a mammogram, according to background information in the study. Those with dense breasts may then be advised to talk to their doctor about supplemental testing. Legislation mandating such notification ... Read more

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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 researcher at the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Both dense breast tissue and tumors appear white on mammograms, so it is harder to detect breast cancers in women with dense breasts, Gierach said. High density also is linked with increased tumors, independent of the problem with detection, she said. Few studies, however, have looked at the connection between dense breasts, which have relatively little fat, and survival once a woman gets breast cancer. In the study, published online Aug. 20 in ... Read more

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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 that breast density and lobular involution were independent risk factors for breast cancer. The study appears online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "Our findings also reveal that having a combination of dense breasts and no lobular involution was associated with higher breast cancer risk than having non-dense or fatty breasts and complete involution," they wrote in a news release from the publisher. "Lobular involution is the physiological atrophy of the breast epithelium [the ... Read more

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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 benign breast disease as young adults than were their peers who never drank or drank less than once a week. Benign breast disease (BBD) includes a number of nonmalignant conditions. Fibroadenoma, a noncancerous tumor, is the most common in those aged 30 and younger. Study co-author Catherine Berkey, a biostatistician at Harvard Medical School in Boston, said that benign breast disease is known to boost the risk for breast cancer. So does that mean that teens who drink alcohol are increasing their ... Read more

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