High blood sugar levels (i.e. diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions) as well as high IGF-1 levels have been linked to higher breast cancer risk and mortality in several recent studies
Here are 10 of the most potent and hazardous chemicals in the environment you need to: 1) be aware of, and 2) avoid as much as possible through your lifestyle choices and purchasing decisions.
Study finds racial disparities in physical and functional quality of life for breast cancer survivors
Black women generally had poorer physical and functional quality of life after the diagnosis of breast cancer, and research suggests social and economic conditions were a primary cause. Equal access to quality care could “reduce co-morbid conditions, and other factors that are associated with both the prognosis of breast cancer, quality of life, and the disparities seen between various groups.”
Only a small proportion of breast cancers are linked to HPV, and a great deal of research is still needed to probe the link between the two diseases. Researchers are intrigued by the fact that HPV-related breast cancer is far more common in younger women who have a higher rate of sexual activity.
The researchers from the University of New South Wales point to growing evidence that breast cancer is caused by a group of viruses. HPV is only one of the viruses implicated, but the research is helping to find the link between breast cancer and causative viruses.
Knitting enthusiasts around the world are donating handcrafted breast prostheses for women who have undergone mastectomies. Soft and lightweight, the inserts offer a comfortable alternative to traditional breast forms.
This article questions whether the small benefits of chemotherapy justify the big risks.
The success of immunotherapy in melanoma, lung and other cancers has spurred interest in pursuing these strategies in breast cancer. Clinical trials are ongoing now.
The FDA says there’s no evidence that antibacterial soaps do a better job cleaning hands, and chemicals in them may pose health hazards: 19 chemicals banned.
I was told that with the chemicals I was using, Taxotere and Cytoxan, I would lose my hair but it would grow back, no problem. However, when I checked on breastcancer.org I found that many patients were heartbroken because their hair loss was permanent (there are now numerous lawsuits against the maker of Taxotere for failure to disclose this fact). This motivated me to investigate ways to keep my hair. That’s me in the picture wearing a Penguin cold cap. I did not lose my hair.
Some polls and questionnaires show that three doctors out of four (75 per cent) would refuse any chemotherapy because of its ineffectiveness against the disease and its devastating effects on the entire human organism.
I normally reject anything that has to do with blaming the victim, but this has some interesting science behind it.
It’s common knowledge that a lump in the breast may indicate cancer, but breast cancer can also have other lesser-known symptoms. Some of these symptoms may appear before a lump is large enough to detect. Increasing your awareness can help you detect breast cancer in its early stages and have the best chance for effective treatment.
There might be some potential benefit to extending genetic testing in adolescence, such as relief from uncertainty or cancer-specific stress in those that test negative. There may also be motivation for early lifestyle changes among those that test positive that may help to decrease the chance of getting breast cancer.
While every cancer patient considering chemotherapy should be aware of this research, it is important to understand all sides of the issue and to make our own decisions.
Researchers at TU Eindhoven are working on a ‘breast-friendly’ method, without radiation, that is more accurate and generates 3D rather than 2D images.
Around one in six women diagnosed with breast cancer has symptoms other than a breast lump. These women are more likely to delay going to the doctor compared to women with breast lump.
It is estimated that the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer across the globe will almost double – from 1.7 million last year to 3.2 million in 2030, and where a woman lives plays a large part in whether she will survive the disease. Certain high-cost preventive and treatment measures, such as mammography and radiotherapy, are not available in pooer regions; but there are cost-effective, proven interventions that could save hundreds of thousands of lives per year. Not only are the costs of essential cancer services for women lower than expected, but scale-up of diagnostic, surgical, and treatment services are a highly effective investment compared to the devastating economic cost to countries, communities, and families incurred by the serious shortfall in cancer care.
Columbia University is leading a clinical trial testing a handheld, needleless tissue expander that uses carbon dioxide instead of saline and can be used at home. The process cuts down both on the time needed and also the discomfort.
For some women with Her2 positive breast cancer, two drugs combined together were able to eliminate breast cancer in just 11 days, without surgery and chemotherapy.
So far, the only FDA-approved cancer vaccine targets prostate cancer, but we hope breast cancer won’t be far behind.