23andMe testing for breast cancer gene may be highly unreliable, study finds

(SurvivorNet) — In a new study, researchers found that popular 23andMe’s genetic test for a dangerous mutation associated with breast cancer isn’t reliable. According to researchers, the test doesn’t catch the mutations for 90 percent of women. The study was presented at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics annual meeting, but it’s important […]

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A very old antibiotic shows promise in treating fatal form of breast cancer

(Reviewed by Alina Shrourou/ Medical Life Sciences News) — Of the three major subtypes of breast cancer, “triple negative” is the most lethal: half of all breast cancer deaths are attributed to it, whereas it accounts for only about 15% of incidences of breast cancer. And unlike other breast cancers, it is resistant to most […]

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For survivors, breast cancer can threaten another part of their lives: Sexual intimacy

(Barabara Sadick/ Washington Post) — Jill was just 39 in July 2010 when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Her longtime boyfriend had felt a lump in her right breast. Two weeks later, she had a mastectomy and began chemotherapy. The shock, stress, fatigue and treatment took its toll on the relationship, and […]

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Reused cooking oil promotes progression of late-stage breast cancer

(Pranjal Mehar/ Tech Explorist) — Deep-frying is a popular form of food preparation used globally and throughout the United States. Each time dietary oils are heated to deep-frying temperatures, they undergo chemical alterations that result in a new matrix of lipid structures. These lipid products include triglyceride dimers, polymers, oxidized triglycerides, and cyclic monomers, which […]

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Scientists find clues to predicting recurrence of breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ Healthday News) — Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having a recurrence up to 20 years later. It has […]

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As the oceans rise, so do your risks of breast cancer

(Jane E. McArthur/ The Conversation) — It is encouraging to see greater attention in the media to the issue of climate change and its effects on the life-support systems of the planet. The link between breast cancer and the environment, however, is being overlooked. Premenopausal women exposed to high levels of air pollution have a […]

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Quebec warns women with textured breast implants of cancer risk

(Canadian Press) — The Quebec Health Ministry wants all the thousands of women in the province who have received textured breast implants since 1995 to be warned of a potential cancer risk. The government has asked the province’s hospitals and clinics to contact all patients who received that specific type of implant in the last […]

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Link between alcohol and breast cancer ignored by women most at risk: researcher

(Technology Networks.com) — Middle-aged women in Australia aren’t getting the message about the proven link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer, a Flinders University researcher says. At a time when more women aged between 45 and 64 years are drinking, cancer rates in their age bracket also are increasing, the study finds. “There is a low level […]

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Oolong tea extract may stave off breast cancer

(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — New research finds that oolong tea can damage breast cancer cells and that people who consume large amounts of this tea have a lower risk of developing breast cancer. Despite recent advances in screening procedures and treatment, breast cancer remains both the most common form of this disease and the second leading cause […]

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New tool calculates breast cancer risk with greater precision

(Lianne Kolirin/ CNN) — UK scientists have developed an online calculator that could enable doctors to more accurately predict a patient’s chance of developing breast cancer. If rolled out, the new tool could change the way in which the condition is treated. Among other things, details of family history, genetics, weight, alcohol consumption, age at menopause […]

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