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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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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MIT’s new AI model detects future breast cancer risk better than current models

(Rich Haridy/ New Atlas) — A deep learning model, trained on thousands of mammograms, can now predict whether a person is at a high risk of developing breast cancer. Better than any current model, the new system can identify subtle changes in breast tissue and determine how likely it is that cancer could develop within […]

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Diet rich in coffee, fruits, vegetables and whole grains may cut breast cancer risk by 65%

(Olivia Petter/ The Independent) — Consuming a diet that is rich in coffee, fruits and vegetables may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, new research suggests. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Navarra and the University of Jaen, both in Spain, found that certain foods may protect against the risk of […]

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Is it better to ‘contain’ rather than destroy cancer?

(Maria Cohut/ Medical News Today) — A new approach to cancer therapy suggests that doctors may be able to keep cancer in check by placing metastatic cells in a state of dormancy, thus blocking them from giving rise to new tumors. A recent study in mice has found that an existing drug could effectively contain […]

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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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