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Mammograms have been the focus of controversy since 2009, when the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that this routine screening not begin until age 50. A new report looking back over 50 years of data on mammograms and breast... (Read More)
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Here we go again. The mammogram debate has once again heated up because of new research (Canadian National Breast Screening Study) casting doubt on the value of this routine cancer screening technique. In a nutshell, roughly 90,000 women were randomized... (Read More)
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There has been a great deal of confusion over the past several years about how much benefit most women can expect from the annual mammogram. Cancer organizations have argued over the best age for healthy women to start undergoing this... (Read More)
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For years, middle-aged and older men have been urged to embrace tomatoes in their diets for protection against prostate cancer. A new study suggests that tomatoes may also help in protecting postmenopausal women from breast cancer. In the study, 70... (Read More)
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There is growing evidence that the diabetes drug metformin can help fight cancer, including colon, breast and prostate cancer. The latest study suggests that the drug makes non-small cell lung cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment. Scientists at the... (Read More)
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A compound called bisphenol A (BPA) used to make plastics, epoxy resins, dental sealants and cash register receipts can raise the risk of breast cancer in rodents. That's the conclusion of a study that examined the effects of prenatal exposure... (Read More)
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Postmenopausal women can reduce their risk of breast cancer by walking an hour a day. The research included 73,000 women between the ages of 50 and 74. They were participants in the Cancer Prevention Study-II Nutrition Cohort that started in... (Read More)
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Q. This summer I told a friend I was having trouble with a persistent itchy rash under my breast. She said she too was bothered with an under-breast rash and mentioned that a third friend with such a rash put... (Read More)
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Hormone replacement therapy is not helpful for keeping women healthy. That's the conclusion from a long-term follow-up study of two groups participating in the Women's Health Initiative. For decades, women were encouraged to take HRT on the grounds that it... (Read More)
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Many people assume that the FDA protects Americans from dangerous drugs, especially over-the-counter drugs. But that assumption might be exposing us to unexpected risks. We recently wrote about the hazards associated with the popular pain reliever, acetaminophen. It turns out... (Read More)
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Here we go again. Research is accumulating that popular blood pressure drugs increase the risk for serious cancers. In May a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal blew the lid off an internal squabble at the FDA regarding a... (Read More)
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A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests an association between calcium-channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure and two types of breast cancer. Previous epidemiological studies have hinted at a relationship, so the researchers used data from... (Read More)
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Women who work the night shift may be at greater risk for breast cancer. Canadian researchers compared more than 1100 women with breast cancer to matched controls without cancer. About one-third of the women in each group had worked night... (Read More)
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New research suggests that low-dose aspirin may help put the brakes on breast cancer. Aspirin at low levels inhibits two different lines of breast cancer cells grown in culture. One is a hard-to-treat triple-negative line. Aspirin also improves the response... (Read More)
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Women have been told that drinking alcohol may increase their risk of developing breast cancer. Now, a large epidemiological study of roughly 23,000 women suggests that moderate alcohol consumption does not affect breast cancer mortality. The Collaborative Breast Cancer Study... (Read More)
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The link between breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy has been reinforced by a new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. It was part of the Women's Health Initiative, a huge research project started in 1991.... (Read More)
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The latest research is in and it is really good news. Once again aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of one of the deadliest cancers--melanoma--a skin cancer that is notoriously hard to treat. The data came from the... (Read More)
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A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that advanced breast cancer is showing up more frequently in younger women between the ages of 25 and 39. Over 30 years ago, roughly 1.5 young women in... (Read More)
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Women might be surprised to learn that a less invasive treatment offers a better outcome for early-stage breast cancer. The study included 112,000 women in a cancer registry who were followed for an average of nearly 10 years. The small... (Read More)
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