AI may help radiologists reduce missed breast cancer cases

(Matt O’Connor / HealthImaging) — A combined deep and machine learning approach trained to read mammograms and electronic health records (EHRs) may be used to greatly reduce missed breast cancer cases, according to a June 18 study published in Radiology. The algorithm, trained on more than 9,000 mammograms and EHRs, predicted breast malignancy within one […]

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They told her she was too young to get breast cancer. They were wrong.

(Camille Laurin-Desjardins/ HuffPost.CA) — In the months after giving birth to her second child, Michelle Friesen had mastitis a few times. She figured the lump in her breast was a natural result of breastfeeding, and part of the painful tissue inflammation. Then, she received a diagnosis that seemed so unlikely: she had breast cancer at […]

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Disrupted gut microbiome promotes breast cancer spread in mice

(Victoria Forster/ Forbes) — The health of the gut microbiome has been linked with numerous diseases from depression to multiple sclerosis and even cancer and response to cancer drugs including immunotherapies. Earlier this year, an ambitious $25 million project was launched to determine the role of the microbiome in colorectal cancer, but perhaps more surprisingly, […]

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Even healthy tissues carry clusters of cells with mutations: study

(Ashley Yeager/ The Scientist) — Patches of healthy tissue can contain groups of cells with genetic mutations, researchers reported June 6 in Science. In the study, they analyzed 29 different tissue types taken from 488 people. The results showed that the majority of the healthy individuals had clumps of mutated cells in at least one […]

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‘She’s still living, in some sense’: McGill computer scientist’s app Opal wins award, days after her death

(CBC News) — When Laurie Hendren found out she had breast cancer in 2014, she wanted to learn everything she could about her condition, but she soon realized how hard it is for patients to access their own medical information. The McGill University computer science professor, who had dedicated her career to research and sharing […]

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Drug prolongs life in younger women with advanced breast cancer, researchers report

(Denise Grady/ New York Times) — A drug that can slow the progression of advanced breast cancer has been shown for the first time to lengthen survival in women who developed the disease before or during menopause, researchers reported Saturday. In patients who took the drug along with a standard treatment, 70% were still alive […]

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Biocell breast implants pulled from sale in Canada

(CBC News) — Biocell implants are the only macro-textured implants available in Canada, the agency said in a statement. They have been linked to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that attacks the immune system. It is not a cancer of breast tissue. The suspension prohibits the sale or […]

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Can we spot lung cancer before it starts?

(Sara Rimer/ Futurity) — Genomic differences related to the immune system may play a key role in the early development of lung cancer, according to new research. The finding reveals potential for developing new therapeutics that could boost immune activity to prevent or halt progression of the disease, says senior author Avrum Spira, director of […]

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Women with sleep apnea may have higher cancer odds

(Sleep Review) — A study of more than 19,000 people has found that women with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than men with the condition, according to research published in the European Respiratory Journal. OSA, where the airways close completely or partially many times during sleep, reduces the […]

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A compound found in broccoli can help suppress cancerous tumor growth

(Olivia Harvey/ Earth.com) — Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower, cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and kale, contain a compound that inactivates a gene, called WWP1, that contributes to the growth of several common human cancers. Now, a team of researchers led by Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, Director of the Cancer Center and Cancer Research […]

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