Mar 06

A common fear among women is to be stricken with breast cancer. A drug that would reduce or eliminate that risk sounds very appealing. However, a product that sounds too good to be true may be just that. Exemestane (Aromasin) is a new drug that researchers hoped might provide a safe way to prevent breast cancer; however, a new study has reported that the medication is associated with a risk for significant bone loss.

A research team led by Angela M Cheung MD published their findings February 6 online in the British medical Journal The Lancet .

Exemestane is currently used to prevent breast cancer; however, a large study published last June reported that its could reduce the risk of being stricken with breast cancer in the first place by about 65%, compared to a placebo, in women at increased risk of the disease.

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Tags: Breast Cancer , Cancer

Jun 27

Of women age 65 and older who undergo a mastectomy to treat advanced breast cancer, nearly half may not be receiving the optimal treatment, a new study finds. Full article…

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Jun 23

FRIDAY, June 24 (HealthDay News) — Lifestyle changes such as losing weight, drinking less alcohol and getting more exercise could lead to a substantial reduction in breast cancer cases across an entire population, according to a new model that estimates the impact of these modifiable risk factors.

Although such models are often used to estimate breast cancer risk, they are usually based on things that women can’t change, such as a family history of breast cancer. Up to now, there have been few models based on ways women could reduce their risk through changes in their lifestyle.

U.S. National Cancer Institute researchers created the model using data from an Italian study that included more than 5,000 women.

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Tags: Breast Cancer , Cancer , Lifestyle Changes

Apr 28

FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) — Patients with early stage breast cancers are commonly treated with surgery or surgery plus radiation, and radiation is widely believed to cut local recurrence rates by about half.

Now, researchers report that they have found that surgery plus radiation does cut local recurrences, but appears to increase the risk of invasive breast cancers later.

“I don’t want people to think radiation is bad,” said study author Dr. Janie Weng Grumley, a fellow in breast oncology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. “We know there is less recurrence with radiation.”

Grumley’s team evaluated 1,014 patients with early breast cancer, known as ductal carcinoma in situ.

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Tags: Breast Cancer , Radiation

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