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September 3, 2015

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September 3, 2015

Young Black Women Have a Higher Frequency of BRCA Mutations Than Previously Reported

Aug. 25, 2015 — Researchers recently conducted the largest U.S. based study of BRCA mutation frequency in young black women diagnosed with breast cancer at or below age 50 and discovered they have a much higher BRCA ... read more

Imaging Software Could Speed Up Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Aug. 19, 2015 — New software could speed up breast cancer diagnosis with 90 percent accuracy without the need for a specialist, according to research. This could improve breast cancer management, particularly in ... read more

Tool Boosts Accuracy in Assessing Breast Cancer Risk

Aug. 19, 2015 — A national risk model that gauges a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer has been refined to give a more accurate assessment. In 2014, more than 232,000 women in the United States were ... read more

Aug. 13, 2015 — Protein Kinase C is a family of enzymes that controls the activity of other proteins in a cell by attaching chemical tags. That simple act helps determine cell survival or death. When it goes awry, a ... read more

Researchers Identify the Cells at the Origin of Breast Cancers

Aug. 13, 2015 — One of the key questions in cancer biology is to understand the mechanisms that control tumor heterogeneity and to determine to which extend tumor heterogeneity influences clinical outcome. Now ... read more

Older Breast Cancer Patients Less Likely to Benefit from Chemo

Aug. 12, 2015 — Chemotherapy prolongs life for older adults with most types of cancer, but for women over the age of 80 with breast cancer, the chances of survival due to chemotherapy are significantly lower, ... read more

Tell-Tale Biomarker Detects Early Breast Cancer

Aug. 12, 2015 — MRI can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors, research shows. The approach of a new study detects micromestastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential ... read more

Aug. 12, 2015 — A high proportion of reproductive-age women may be experiencing pelvic pain that goes untreated, according to a study. As the researchers expected, reports of pain were highest for women diagnosed ... read more

Blood Vessel 'Doorway' Lets Breast Cancer Cells Spread Through Blood Stream

Aug. 12, 2015 — Using real-time, high-resolution imaging, scientists have identified how a 'doorway' in the blood vessel wall allows cancer cells to spread from breast tumors to other parts of the body. ... read more

Finding a Fingerprint for an Invasive Cancer Still in Hiding

Aug. 11, 2015 — A new study of a biomarker that can identify DCIS patients who are not at risk for subsequent invasion could save many lives and keep women from having to go through medical and surgical therapy, ... read more

Testosterone Supplementation Does Not Result in Progression of Atherosclerosis

Aug. 11, 2015 — Among older men with low testosterone levels, testosterone administration for three years compared with placebo did not result in a significant difference in the rates of change in atherosclerosis ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — While most of us worry about the fat cells building up on the fleshy parts of our bodies, scientists are paying serious attention to another kind of fat cell deep inside our bones, in the marrow. Now ... read more

Hypofractionation Vs. Conventional Fractionation in Breast Cancer Radiotherapy

Aug. 6, 2015 — New research has examined outcomes in women with breast cancer who had breast-conserving surgery and were treated with hypofractionated radiation therapy (shorter courses of radiation treatment ... read more

Combined Impact of Smoking, Early Menopause on Mortality

Aug. 5, 2015 — Women may now have yet another reason to quit smoking given the results of a new study. The Swedish study involving 25,474 women is the first to quantify the combined effects of smoking and age at ... read more

High-Dose Vitamin D Supplementation Not Associated With Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Aug. 3, 2015 — High-dose vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal women was not associated with beneficial effects on bone mineral density, muscle function, muscle mass or falls, according to the results of a ... read more

Irradiation of Regional Nodes in Stage I III Breast Cancer Patients Affects Overall Survival

Aug. 3, 2015 — At a median follow-up of 10.9 years, a study has shown that irradiation of regional nodes in patients with stage I, II, or III breast cancer has a marginal effect on overall survival, the primary ... read more

New Cancer Marker Identified; Possible Therapeutic Target for Breast Cancer

July 31, 2015 — Basal-like breast cancer (BLBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer and is often referred to as "triple negative," which means it is not responsive to the common medical therapeutics. ... read more

Blocking PHD2 Oxygen Sensor Inhibits Breast Cancer Dissemination

July 30, 2015 — Reducing the expression of the PHD2 oxygen sensor impairs the ability of breast cancers to metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body, scientists have discovered. Breast cancer is the second ... read more

Plastic Surgeons Urged to 'Embrace the Change' to Single-Stage Implant Breast Reconstruction

July 30, 2015 — Some women with breast cancer can now undergo a 'one and done' approach combining nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate single-stage implant breast reconstruction in a single procedure, ... read more

Anti-Inflammatory Drug Acts Against Ovarian Cancer, Scientists Find

July 28, 2015 — A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) called ketorolac helped women with ovarian cancer to survive longer, researchers report. Ketorolac, marketed as Toradol®, is approved for clinical use ... read more

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