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Aromatase inhibitors such as Aromasin are frequently prescribed after surgery or radiation in postmenopausal women with breast cancer. Now a study of 4,600 premenopausal women shows that this drug can reduce recurrence significantly for them as well. All the women... (Read More)
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The endocrine disruptor BPA has now been linked to a more difficult prognosis for an aggressive type of breast cancer. A collaboration between the Environmental Protection Agency and two North Carolina universities used living cell assays to evaluate the impact... (Read More)
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Limiting carbohydrates in the diet may be beneficial for survivors of breast cancer, especially those with receptors for insulin-like growth factor. These receptors, called IGF-1, are associated with breast cancer recurrence. A new case-control study of 265 women found that... (Read More)
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Q. I have been allergic to some metals since I had my ears pierced years ago. One of the metals is aluminum. When I used antiperspirants, they caused terrible itching in my armpits. Even if I used deodorants without aluminum,... (Read More)
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This is not a topic that is commonly discussed, but starting about this time of year many women begin suffering from a rash under their breasts. Any place that allows moisture to accumulate (toes, groin, breasts) can create ideal conditions... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: Over the last several years, enormous controversy has erupted over the usual ways... (Read More)
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Vitamin D may be protective for many kinds of cancer.  A Chinese meta-analysis of 25 studies including more than 17,000 cancer patients found that those who had higher levels of vitamin D in their bodies at diagnosis were more likely... (Read More)
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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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