Breast Health

  1. Breast Cancer Drug May Increase Bone Loss

    A drug that can cut the risk for breast cancer has a serious down side: Aromasin appears to cause bone loss in postmenopausal women.

  2. Cadmium Exposure May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

    Cadmium can find its way into the diet via fruits and vegetables grown in soils fertilized with products containing the toxic metal. In the body, cadmium may mimic the effects of estrogen, raising the risk for certain breast cancers.

  3. Do Larger Infants Raise Breast Cancer Risk?

    Women who give birth to large infants may be 2.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who give birth to the smallest babies.

  4. Do Parabens Affect Breast Cancer Risk?

    Some personal hygiene products contain preservatives called parabens, which have estrogen-like properties. Do these chemicals raise the risk for breast cancer? Experts say more research is needed to know for sure.

  5. Fighting Breast Cancer: The Latest Treatment Techniques

    Women diagnosed with breast cancer today have more treatment options available to them than ever before. And scientists continue to make advancements. Coupled with better screening tests that help with diagnosis, newer treatments have helped to reduce the risk of dying from this disease over the last 30-plus years. Below are some of the latest ways doctors are bringing the fight to breast cancer.

  6. Mammography Pluses Top Any Harms

    For older women, the benefits of getting a mammogram every two years outweigh potential harms, researchers say.

  7. Moving Toward a Blood Test for Breast Cancer

    Researchers are looking closer at a blood test that assesses changes in a certain gene's DNA. The test may one day be able to predict who's at risk for breast cancer years before it develops.

  8. Patient Service Helps Spot Cancer Early

    Early diagnosis is crucial in fighting breast cancer. It often leads to faster treatment and a better chance of survival. That's where a service called "patient navigation" may fit in. A recent study shows this service may shorten the time to diagnosis.

  9. Radiation Treatment in Childhood Boosts Breast Cancer Risk

    Girls who get radiation therapy to the chest to treat cancer are at higher risk for breast cancer by the time they turn 50, a new study says.

  10. Side Effects Linger After Breast Cancer Treatment

    In a study that followed breast cancer patients after treatment, more than 60 percent had at least one treatment-related complication up to six years after diagnosis. Thirty percent had at least two complications.

  11. Strong Social Ties May Help Women Survive Cancer

    Learning you have breast cancer can be overwhelming. Many women face hard decisions about their care. A new study indicates that having a strong social network may help women better cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. In particular, it may boost their odds of survival.

  12. Study Suggests Change in Radiation Guidelines in Older Women

    An older woman who has radiation therapy after a lumpectomy may lower her need for a mastectomy later on, a new study says. Yet current guidelines recommend that older breast cancer patients not have radiation.

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