A derivative of the sweet wormwood plant used since ancient times to fight malaria and shown to precisely target and kill cancer cells may someday aid in stopping breast cancer before it gets a toehold. In a new study, two University of Washington bioengineers found that the substance, artemisinin, appeared to prevent the onset of [...]
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Ductal lavage cannot be considered a sensitive screening tool for breast cancer
Its use as a risk assessment tool and/or as an indicator of response to an intervention is still undergoing evaluation.
Ductal lavage is a method used to gather cells from the milk ducts of the breast, where cancer is thought to begin. If cancer [...]
High birth weight, high stature at 14 years of age, low body-mass index (BMI) at 14 years of age, and peak growth at an early age were independent risk factors for breast cancer. Height at 8 years of age and the increase in height during puberty (8 to 14 years of age) were also [...]
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, was more effective than mammography in detecting breast cancer in women with genetic mutations (BRCA1 and BRCA2) that put them at very high risk.
Mammography is still the most accurate option for most women.
A Danish study this summer in the New England Journal of Medicine showed
Research compares screening [...]
Women who took breast cancer drug tamoxifen had more than an 80% increased risk of ischemic stroke compared to those that did not.
29% increased risk of any type of stroke.
The study was conducted by researchers at Duke University and was published in the American Academy of Neurology’s journal.
A systematic review of randomized controlled trials [...]
Group counselling sessions for women who have early-stage breast cancer doesn’t appear to improve their odds of survival.
This is contrary to earlier research conducted two years ago on women with advanced breast cancer. Other study results have been mixed.
Group therapy does appear to have quality-of-life benefits:
Better family relationships
Greater satisfaction with their treatment
Better coping [...]