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.”
The fear that can accompany this diagnosis is often fueled by women’s sense that they no longer have control of their bodies or their lives. Here are a few tips that might help you begin to reclaim a little bit of that control
The report clearly states in its summary how to lower these rates and give everyone an equal chance at health: “Improving access to care for all populations could eliminate the racial disparity in breast cancer mortality and accelerate the reduction in deaths from this malignancy nationwide.”
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.
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.
Most Mattresses on the market are full of chemicals that can pollute your bedroom air and harm your body. View all of our tips on finding a healthier mattress in EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide: https://www.ewg.org/healthyhomeguide/…
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.
This video explains the reasons cancer is so difficult to cure.
Most of America’s favorite Valentine’s Day sweets are chockfull of ingredients that are highly likely to be genetically engineered– such as sugar, soy lecithin, corn starch, and corn syrup and partially hydrogenated soybean oil. GMOs have never been proven safe for consumption. GMOs are designed to work hand-in-hand with pesticides, and a growing body of studies expose the health effects of exposure to and consumption of these toxic chemicals.
The staging of a person’s cancer is a part of the TNM system, which stands for Tumor, Nodes, and Metastasis. Some doctors use the TNM system to help them provide a prognosis or an outlook for how likely they are to be able to treat a person’s breast cancer successfully.
Cribriform breast cancer is a rare form of breast cancer that is often combined with another form of breast cancer. It is typically a low-grade and slow-growing cancer with a better outlook than most other types of invasive breast cancer.
The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 – Senate Bill 258, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens – requires the ingredients in cleaning products to be listed on both product labels and online. This applies particularly to chemicals whose ability to harm human health or the environment has been recognized by established scientific authoritative bodies. Under this law, the mandatory disclosure also applies to ingredients in fragrance mixtures, which have been tightly held secrets until now.
“Reconstruction is a voluntary and deeply personal choice,” says Melissa L. Pilewskie, MD, a surgical breast oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. While some women will undergo the surgery, others want a more minimal approach, she says. “They just want to get through treatment and not add anything else, or it’s simply not important to them.”
Sarcich’s 3D tattoos use a trompe l’oeil effect to make it appear there’s a nipple there. A second-generation tattoo artist, she uses micropigmentation, or a permanent tattoo, to make that 3-D nipple look almost identical to a woman’s remaining nipple or the ones she had prior to surgery.
Dust is a complex mixture of dead skin, soil tracked in from outdoors, fungal spores and chemicals from household products—some of which may be harmful. Learn more about how to protect your loved ones from toxic household dust with EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide
A new method using small particles loaded with chemotherapy drugs is a viable approach to target breast cancer cells that have spread to the bones, according to a report that appeared in the journal Cancer Research. The strategy, developed by a research team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, combines a nanoparticle-based drug delivery method with a surface molecule called integrin β3. The integrin enables the small particles to get inside the bones and deliver the chemotherapy drug directly to the cancer cells.
“We found,” says lead researcher Dr. Daniel Schauer, “[that] having bariatric surgery is associated with a reduced risk of cancer, especially obesity-associate[d] cancers including postmenopausal breast cancer, endometrial cancer, pancreatic cancer, and colon cancer. What’s surprising is how great the risk of cancer was reduced.”
“We’re hopeful that the targeted compounds we’re developing will prove more effective than current anti-cancer therapies by directly causing cancer cells to self-destruct,” explains senior author Evripidis Gavathiotis, an associate professor of biochemistry and of medicine.
A deep inferior epigastric artery perforator, or DIEP, flap, is a type of breast reconstruction procedure that a woman can have after a mastectomy or removal of her breast due to breast cancer.
“In our wildest dreams,” says Dr. Eng, “we hope we can use microbiomics right before breast cancer forms and then prevent cancer with probiotics or antibiotics.” “If we can target specific pro-cancer bacteria,” adds Dr. Grobmyer, “we may be able to make the environment less hospitable to cancer and enhance existing treatments.”