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Type of HRT Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk

The study showed that women who used combined HRT for an average of 5.4 years were 2.74 times more likely to get breast cancer while taking HRT than women who had never used it. They also found that the chance of getting breast cancer rose with length of use. So, women who had used combined HRT for over 15 years were 3.3 times more likely to have breast cancer than nonusers. Women using estrogen-only HRT were at no extra risk of breast cancer than those who had never used HRT.

Substance Found in Breast Milk Kills 40 Types of Cancer Cells

Swedish researchers have discovered that a substance known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells) has the ability to kill 40 different types of cancer cells. Testing on humans is just beginning, and it is hoped that HAMLET will be developed into a cancer treatment medication in the future.

Study Confirms: Grocery Stores Are Still a BPA Minefield 

BPA, which is used in many plastics and resins, is considered an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to developmental problems in fetuses, infants, and children. The Environmental Working Group advises consumers to try to avoid most canned food if possible, and look for those products that are labeled BPA-free.

Don’t Frack With Our Health 

Breast Cancer Action opposes hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” because the practice exposes people to endocrine disruptors and carcinogenic chemicals that are linked to breast cancer.

My Tour of Cancer Clinics in Tijuana

Out of the blue, I received an email invitation from the Cancer Control Society to join a bus tour visiting cancer clinics in Tijuana, Mexico. I had heard about clinics in Mexico, in the Caribbean, Europe, Israel, and China that use techniques that are not part of mainstream cancer care in the United States, and I was very curious.

Study Suggests Shorter Radiation Course Better for Many Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Doctors have studied a different radiation therapy schedule that involves fewer treatments with higher doses of radiation at each treatment, but the same total radiation dose. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) said the technique was as safe and effective as conventional whole-breast radiation for early-stage breast cancer after lumpectomy for women who meet the criteria

Western Diet Tied to Denser Breast Tissue

Overweight and obese women who eat Western-style diet are about 41 percent more likely to develop more dense breast tissue, compared to women who eat a Mediterranean diet. Dense breast tissue is a risk factor for breast cancer. .

8 Common Causes of Breast Pain 

Breast pain, also known as mastalgia, is most common in younger menstruating women. While nearly 70 percent of women report breast pain at some point during their lives, only around 15 percent require medical treatment.

The Hidden Danger in Your Hand Soap

The FDA has banned the use of triclosan, triclocarban and 17 other antiseptics from household soaps because they have not been shown to be safe or even to have any benefit. They are currently evaluating the use of antibacterials in gels and will rule on how those products should be handled once the data are in. Although antibacterials are still in toothpaste, baby pacifiers, laundry detergents and clothing, the current ban is a significant step in the right direction.

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