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Medical News Today: Phyllodes tumors: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

A phyllodes tumor is a rare form of breast cancer that appears mostly in women. What are the signs and symptoms and what is the outlook?

Open-access genetic screening for hereditary breast cancer is feasible and effective

(European Society of Human Genetics) Offering open-access genetic testing for the inherited breast cancers BRCA1 and 2 to Ashkenazi women unaffected by cancer, regardless of their family history, enables the identification of carriers who would otherwise have been missed.

Preliminary: BRCA variations may work alongside COMT variation to reduce breast cancer

Researchers find through looking at genetic data sets of presumed cancer-free women who carry BRCA 1/2 variants, the co-occurrence of a rare COMT genetic variant in some women. This research outlines a strategy for looking at large genetic data sets for clues as to why a genetic carrier may never develop the associated diseases.

Many patients with early-stage breast cancer receive costly, inappropriate testing

A study shows that asymptomatic women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer often undergo advanced imaging and other tests that provide little if any medical benefit, could have harmful effects and may increase their financial burden.

Media Trashes Trump HHS Nominee Charmaine Yoest for Noting Abortion is Linked to Breast Cancer

Charmaine Yoest, the former president of Americans United for Life and President Donald Trump’s nominee for assistant secretary of public affairs for Department of Health and Human Services, holds a perfectly reasonable position about the link between abortion and breast cancer. So, of course, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and several other left-leaning outlets […]

Caroline Facer: British taekwondo fighter dies aged 34

Former GB Taekwondo fighter Caroline Facer dies at the age of 34, two years after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Brain microenvironment makes HER2-positive breast cancer metastases resistant to treatment

A novel mechanism behind the resistance of breast cancer brain metastases to HER2- or PI3K-targeted therapies has been discovered, and a treatment strategy has now been identified that may overcome this resistance.

Just one alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, exercise lowers risk

Drinking just one glass of wine or other alcoholic drink a day increases breast cancer risk, finds a major new report.

RNA molecule that shields breast cancer stem cells from immune system

Researchers have identified a small RNA molecule that helps maintain the activity of stem cells in both healthy and cancerous breast tissue. The study suggests that this 'microRNA' promotes particularly deadly forms of breast cancer and that inhibiting the effects of this molecule could improve the efficacy of existing breast cancer therapies.

Tamoxifen protects against obesity-related metabolic disorders

Tamoxifen is the gold standard for endocrine treatment of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer. Tamoxifen is also known to have metabolic effects. A new study reports that the drug also prevents obesity, fatty liver, and insulin resistance in female mice who were fed a high-fat diet and whose ovaries had been removed. Show More Summary

Study estimates number of US women living with metastatic breast cancer

The number of women in the United States living with distant metastatic breast cancer, the most severe form of the disease, is growing, new research shows.

Tai chi relieves insomnia in breast cancer survivors

Slow-moving meditation practice works just as well as talk therapy, and better than medication in treating sleep loss in breast cancer survivors, investigators report.

Growing body of evidence supports use of mind-body therapies in breast cancer treatment

In newly updated clinical guidelines, researchers analyzed which integrative treatments are most effective and safe for patients with breast cancer. This systematic review adds to the growing literature on integrative therapies for patients with breast cancer and other cancer populations.

Breast cancer risk is more affected by total body fat than abdominal fat

A reduction in overall body fat, rather than abdominal fat, is associated with lower levels of breast cancer markers. Levels of several breast cancer risk markers were reduced in postmenopausal women who lost total body fat, rather than just belly fat. Show More Summary

Preliminary: BRCA variations may work alongside COMT variation to reduce breast cancer

(George Washington University) George Washington University researchers, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, find through looking at genetic data sets of presumed cancer-free women who carry BRCA 1/2 variants, the co-occurrence of a rare COMT genetic variant in some women. Show More Summary

Study: Many patients with early-stage breast cancer receive costly, inappropriate testing

(Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) A study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 5 in Chicago shows that asymptomatic women who have...Show More Summary

Does an HHS appointee believe abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer?

I was surprised, then, when the next thing she said was that abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer. The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have rejected that claim, citing, among other research, a 2004 analysis of 53 studies involving 83,000 women that found […]

Many Patients with Early-Stage Breast Cancer Receive Costly, Inappropriate Testing, Says Fred Hutch Study

A study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting on June 5 in Chicago shows that asymptomatic women who have been treated for early-stage breast cancer...Show More Summary

FDA Panel Votes 12 To 4 to Approve Puma’s Breast Cancer Drug

A panel of experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration says that a drug for breast cancer developed by Puma Biotechnology should be approved, but argued for more limits on which women should get the medicine.

Brain microenvironment makes HER2-positive breast cancer metastases resistant to treatment

(Massachusetts General Hospital) A Massachusetts General Hospital-based research team has identified a novel mechanism behind the resistance of breast cancer brain metastases to HER2- or PI3K-targeted therapies and a treatment strategy that may overcome this resistance.

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