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Why Mammography Screening is being Abolished in Switzerland 

The Swiss Medical Board found that evidence simply did not back up the global consensus of other experts in the field suggesting that mammograms were safe and capable of saving lives. On the contrary, mammography appeared to be preventing only one death for every 1,000 women screened, while causing harm to many more. Their thorough review left them no choice but to recommend that no new systematic mammography screening programs be introduced, and that a time limit should be placed on existing programs. The Swiss Medical Board also advised that the quality of mammography screening should be evaluated and women should be informed, in a “clear and balanced” way, about the benefits and harms of screening.

Report: 170 Million in US Now Drinking Radioactive Water — Is Yours Affected?

More than 170 million Americans, or around 52 percent of the entire population, may be at risk of radiation exposure through their drinking water, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), one of the country’s leading water testing organizations. The EWG published its findings based on a compendium of data collected from over 50,000 public drinking systems nationwide between 2010 and 2015. The report reveals a shocking trend: much of the nation’s drinking water “contains radioactive elements at levels that may increase the risk of cancer.”

Vaccines capping tumors from spreading in breast and ovarian cancer patients 

In clinical trials, a vaccine has shown success for patients in remission after undergoing surgery, hemotherapy and radiation for breast or ovarian cancer. “What we want to do is come in after those treatments and we want to vaccinate to boost your own immune system to fight the cancer.”
Patients will be treated with multiple rounds of the vaccine to prevent the cancer from coming back.

Exercise After Breast Cancer: a Critical, but Challenging, Component of Recovery 

While there are no published randomized clinical trials demonstrating that weight loss or physical activity is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer recurrence in humans (though a major one is underway), at least eight large, observational studies suggest that exercise in overweight cancer survivors can help ward off recurrence. Research on mice, too, has demonstrated that connection, says Kathryn Schmitz, a professor at the Penn State College of Medicine who studies cancer and exercise.

How does excess weight drive breast cancer? Study sheds light

Obesity leads to an increase in the release of two cytokines, called leptin and transforming growth factor beta, into the bloodstream. These cytokines inhibit ACC1 in breast cancer cells. The researchers used an antibody to block a pathway associated with leptin release in human breast cancer cell lines, which, in turn, prevented ACC1 inhibition. They found that this prevented the cancer cells from metastasizing. Based on their results, the researchers believe that they may have uncovered a potential new therapy for breast cancer.

Harmful Toothpaste Ingredients To Look Out For 

There are many chemicals used in toothpaste, some linked to cancer, and it’s up to you to choose a paste that contains ingredients you’re comfortable consuming. If you’re really concerned, it may be best to do further research and consult a dentist when making decisions about toothpaste that isn’t harmful to your teeth, or your health.

Phytochemicals as Innovative Therapeutic Tools against Cancer Stem Cells

The theory that several carcinogenetic processes are initiated and sustained by cancer stem cells (CSCs) has been validated, and specific methods to identify the CSCs in the entire population of cancer cells have also proven to be effective. This review aims to provide an overview of recently acquired scientific knowledge regarding phytochemicals and herbal extracts, which have been shown to be able to target and kill CSCs.

Proton Therapy For Left-Sided Breast Cancer: Why Choose This Treatment? 

Women who are undergoing radiation treatment for breast cancer, especially of the left breast, may face higher risk for health complications down the line. This is because the high-energy beams are targeted at a body region shared with the heart and other vital organs. Traditional radiation is often criticised for this reason, as it may destroy the cancer cells while destroying healthy cells in the process. If these healthy cells are located in the heart, the patient could experience serious health issues in the future according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Proton therapy could help patients avoid these adverse effects, targeting the cancer cells in the breast tissue while avoiding the healthy cells of the heart, lungs, and other organs. If the treatment is successful, the patient can experience a healthy, cancer-free life without anticipating cardiovascular issues later on.

Tissue adjacent to tumors may not be “normal,” study finds

Researchers have known that cancer cells interact extensively “with the surrounding microenvironment of the tumor,” added Dinah Singer, Ph.D., director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Biology. “What’s novel here is the suggestion that the interactions extend beyond that to tissue that appears to be pathologically normal.”

Fracking Chemicals Cause Changes to Mammary Tissue 

At levels found in drinking water within a mile of fracking operations, the chemicals used to extract oil and gas disrupt the endocrine systems of mice. Mice were exposed in utero, developing precancerous lesions in breast tissue, decreased sperm counts, and multiple organ impacts after puberty. Meanwhile, in areas of severe drought, some conventional farmers are using “treated” water left over from drilling operations to water their crops.

Are New Cancer Drugs Worth Their Price? 

A new analysis in the BMJ evaluated 48 cancer drugs that the European equivalent of the FDA, the European Medicines Agency, approved before 2009 and 2013 (Davis et al, BMJ, Oct. 4, 2017). The EMA had approved the drugs for 68 different uses, eight on the basis of a single study each. Several studies were not double-blind, considered a standard for drug research. Although it seemed that the medications were extending survival, later research showed that was true only for half of them. In addition, that benefit was judged clinically meaningful only in about half of those cases. The authors concluded that many of these cancer drugs were approved “without evidence of benefit on survival or quality of life.” Even more than three years after approval there remains a paucity of solid scientific evidence of substantial benefit.

Breast Cancer Survivor Story Hard Life After Treatment

Complaining is always awkward, but complaining about cancer gets you more side-eye than a priest at a pro-choice rally. People prefer to hear about drama they can help with, like decoding texts from a toxic ex. Scary diseases should be avoided in polite conversation, because, well, we’d all like to avoid them, but this goes doubly if you’re a cancer survivor: You’ve survived, after all.

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