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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Simple saliva test could predict breast-cancer risk: study

(Aaron Derefel/ Montreal Gazette) — A simple saliva test could one day help doctors assess a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer far more accurately than by relying mostly on conventional mammography screening, suggests a new study that was conducted in part by a group of Quebec researchers. “It really is a game-changer,” said Dr. Jacques Simard, […]

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Chemotherapy could cause breast cancer to spread, research finds

(Ishani Ghose/ MEAWW.com) — The cure for cancer is one of the challenges faced by modern medical science, and scientists from across countries are at work trying to tame this ‘Emperor of maladies”. The slippery nature of the beast can be gauged by the elusiveness of a cure, and even from the fact that even the […]

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Having kids leads to a small, but significant, increased risk of breast cancer

(Julia Belluz/ Vox) — You’ve probably heard that having children and breastfeeding them reduces a woman’s lifetime risk of breast cancer. But according to new research, in the years immediately following childbirth, women are actually at a small, heightened risk of the disease. That’s the finding of a major new review of 15 studies from three […]

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Updated mammography guidelines in Canada consider woman’s preference, not only age

(Sheryl Ubelacker/ Canadian Press) — New guidelines for breast cancer screening are intended to give women more of a voice in their health care decisions, taking into account their personal values and preferences rather than age and risk factor alone. The guidelines, released Monday by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, encourage women aged […]

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Drug halves tumor recurrence for women with a common breast cancer

(Amy Norton/ HealthDay Reporter) — For certain women with early stage breast cancer, a newer drug that combines an antibody with chemotherapy may cut the risk of disease recurrence in half, a new trial finds. The study focused on nearly 1,500 women with early stage breast cancer that was HER2-positive — meaning it carries a […]

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Study: some women should start mammograms at 30

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay) — Women at increased risk for breast cancer should start receiving mammograms earlier than recommended, even as young as age 30, a new study contends. Young women who have dense breasts or a family history of breast cancer appear to benefit from regular mammograms as much as women in their 40s do, researchers […]

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Breast cancer screening should be offered to women in late 70s, experts say following major study

(Henry Bodkin/ The Telegraph) — Breast cancer screening should be extended to include women in their late 70s, as a significant number still develop the disease past the age of 75, experts have said. A large-scale study of women around the age of 80 found that a majority of those diagnosed with the disease were suffering […]

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Study: Morning people less likely to develop breast cancer

(Allen Cone/ UPI) — If a woman regularly wakes up early in the morning, she has up to a 48 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study in England. In addition, women who slept longer than seven to eight hours had a 20 percent increased risk per additional hour slept. The findings, […]

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