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02 Mar
Skipping Mammograms Raises a Woman's Odds for Breast Cancer Death

Skipping Mammograms Raises a Woman's Odds for Breast Cancer Death

Don't skip your breast cancer screening mammogram.

This is the overarching message of an extended study of more than a half-million Swedish women. Those who missed even one recommended screening mammogram were more likely to die from breast cancer, the study found.

01 Mar
Underarm Lump After COVID Shot Is Likely Lymph Swelling, Not Breast Cancer, Experts Say

Underarm Lump After COVID Shot Is Likely Lymph Swelling, Not Breast Cancer, Experts Say

That swollen lymph node under your arm could be a temporary side effect of a COVID-19 shot and not a sign of serious health problems.

Radiologists from Massachusetts General Hospital noticed an increase in patients with swollen underarm lymph nodes as they were doing rou...

24 Feb
3D Mammograms Best at Spotting Tumors, But Many Black Women Missing Out

3D Mammograms Best at Spotting Tumors, But Many Black Women Missing Out

Access to potentially lifesaving 3D mammography isn't equal, new research shows.

"This study was about whether adoption of this technology is equitable. We're showing that it has not been, even though it has been [U.S. Food and Drug Administration]-approved for a decade ...

11 Feb
COVID Vaccine Reaction Can Mimic Breast Cancer Symptoms, But Doctors Say 'Don't Panic'

COVID Vaccine Reaction Can Mimic Breast Cancer Symptoms, But Doctors Say 'Don't Panic'

One side effect of COVID-19 vaccination is creating undue fear among women, causing them to worry that they might have breast cancer.

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines can cause lymph nodes to swell, particularly those in the armpit on the side where the shot was rece...

09 Feb
After Long Decline, Breast Cancers in Young U.S. Women Are On the Rise

After Long Decline, Breast Cancers in Young U.S. Women Are On the Rise

Breast cancer death rates are inching up in American women under age 40 again, after more than two decades of decline, researchers say.

The study authors said they hoped their new report would lead to a deeper look at reasons for the change.

"Our hope is that thes...

05 Feb
When Heart Attack Strikes, Cancer Patients Often Miss Out on Lifesaving Treatment

When Heart Attack Strikes, Cancer Patients Often Miss Out on Lifesaving Treatment

Too few cancer patients who have a heart attack are receiving emergency angioplasties that could save their lives, a new study finds.

"This is an important study, which underscores the broader issue in cardio-oncology of cancer patients too often being passed over for po...

04 Feb
Breast Cancer Surpasses Lung Cancer as Leading Cancer Diagnosis Worldwide

Breast Cancer Surpasses Lung Cancer as Leading Cancer Diagnosis Worldwide

Breast cancer has surpassed lung cancer as the world's most commonly diagnosed cancer.

In 2020, there were an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases and nearly 10 million cancer deaths worldwide, according to the Global Cancer Statistics 2020 report from the American Ca...

02 Feb
Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

Could Working Outside Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

The great outdoors can soothe the soul, but new research suggests that working outside might also guard against breast cancer.

The study wasn't designed to say how working outside affects chances of developing breast cancer, but vitamin D exposure may be the driving forc...

01 Feb
Type 2 Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Help Prevent Some Breast Cancers

Type 2 Diabetes Drug Metformin Could Help Prevent Some Breast Cancers

Women with type 2 diabetes may be more likely to develop breast cancer, but taking the diabetes drug metformin appears to reduce their risk for the most common type, new research finds.

Compared to women without diabetes, risk for estrogen-positive breast cancer was 38% ...

26 Jan
Male Breast Cancer Patients Face Higher Heart Risks

Male Breast Cancer Patients Face Higher Heart Risks

Heart disease risk factors are common among men with breast cancer, a new, small study finds.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of 24 male breast cancer patients, aged 38 to 79. Half had a family history of breast cancer.

Nearly 8 in 10 of the patients had i...

25 Jan
How Smoking Could Help Spur Breast Cancer's Spread

How Smoking Could Help Spur Breast Cancer's Spread

Here's one reason why past or current smoking may handicap you if you are battling breast cancer: New research suggests that nicotine promotes the spread of the disease to your lungs.

Smoking is known to increase the risk that breast cancer will spread, which lowers the ...

14 Jan
Cancer Screening Fell Sharply Early in Pandemic, But Has Rebounded

Cancer Screening Fell Sharply Early in Pandemic, But Has Rebounded

As clinics closed for non-essential care and patients' COVID-19 fears kept them from check-ups, the United States saw a steep drop in cancer screenings and diagnoses during the first peak of the pandemic, a new report finds.

Researchers analyzed data on how many patients...

14 Jan
More Breast Cancer Survivors Opting for 'Going Flat' After Mastectomy

More Breast Cancer Survivors Opting for 'Going Flat' After Mastectomy

When journalist Catherine Guthrie learned that she would need to have a mastectomy following a breast cancer diagnosis, she was shocked by what seemed like a cursory explanation from her surgeon about what would happen next.

That included removing both of her breasts, ad...

12 Jan
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Keep Falling: Report

U.S. Cancer Death Rates Keep Falling: Report

Improved lung cancer treatment is a major reason for the 31% decline in cancer death rates in the United States between 1991 and 2018, including a record 2.4% decrease from 2017 to 2018, the American Cancer Society says.

How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect this downwar...

30 Dec
Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: Study

Surgery Could Boost Survival for Women With Advanced Breast Cancers: Study

Women with advanced breast cancer who undergo surgery to remove the tumor after chemotherapy or another type of systemic treatment may live longer than those who don't have surgery, a new study suggests.

The findings challenge a long-held belief that surgery confers litt...

09 Dec
Mindfulness Helps Young Women After Breast Cancer: Study

Mindfulness Helps Young Women After Breast Cancer: Study

Mindfulness, meditation and survivorship education can help young breast cancer survivors overcome depression and other problems, a new study indicates.

About 20% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 50, many of whom face significant struggles.

"For w...

09 Dec
Side Effects Often Missed During Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

Side Effects Often Missed During Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy

Side effects of radiation therapy in breast cancer patients are often missed by doctors, U.S. researchers report.

"Recognizing side effects is necessary for physicians to provide supportive care to help patients manage their symptoms," said study author Dr. Reshma Jagsi,...

09 Dec
Some Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Safely Cut Down on Chemo

Some Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Safely Cut Down on Chemo

More women with early-stage breast cancer may be able to safely skip chemotherapy after having surgery, according to initial results from a major clinical trial.

The trial, conducted in nine countries, found that adding chemotherapy to hormone-blocking drugs brought no a...

09 Dec
Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Have Healthy Babies: Study

When a young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, many questions go through her mind.

What treatments does she need? Will she survive? And will she still be able to have a baby?

In a review of recent research, an international team of investigators say the answe...

07 Dec
Obesity Plays Role in Higher Breast Cancer Rates for Black Women

Obesity Plays Role in Higher Breast Cancer Rates for Black Women

Obesity may be a major reason Black American women with early breast cancer are 40% more likely to die than white patients, according to a new study.

Obesity is a known risk factor for several types of cancer, and decades of rising rates of obesity in the United States h...

27 Nov
Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

Frozen Eggs Help Breast Cancer Survivors Conceive

Freezing their eggs or ovarian tissue before breast cancer treatment increases survivors' chances of having children after recovery, a new study finds.

Nearly 10% of breast cancer cases occur in women younger than 45 years of age, some of whom haven't yet had children, a...

25 Nov
MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

How does having multiple sclerosis (MS) affect a person's odds for cancer? The answer may depend on the type of cancer, new research shows.

The study found that MS patients do have much greater odds of developing bladder cancer compared to people without the illness. But...

25 Nov
Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

Black Cancer Survivors Often Face Added Challenges: Study

Social and financial struggles are common among Black American cancer survivors and take a heavy toll on their health-related quality of life, according to a new study.

Health-related quality of life among cancer survivors -- how a person perceives their mental, physical...

12 Nov
Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancers Early: Study

Obamacare Helped More Americans Spot Cancers Early: Study

As the Affordable Care Act faces scrutiny once more from the U.S. Supreme Court, new research shows it may be helping to save American lives otherwise lost to cancer.

The study found that expansions of health insurance coverage through Medicaid — a feature of Obamacare...

05 Nov
Obamacare Cut Death Rates for 3 Major Cancers

Obamacare Cut Death Rates for 3 Major Cancers

Expanded Medicaid passed in some states as part of the Affordable Care Act has significantly reduced deaths from newly diagnosed breast, lung and colon cancers, a new study finds.

Death rates from these cancers are lower in states that opted for expanded Medicaid th...

30 Oct
Thinking of HRT for Hot Flashes? Here's the Latest Guidance

Thinking of HRT for Hot Flashes? Here's the Latest Guidance

Another large study finds that menopausal hormone therapy is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, though it varies with the formulation, timing and duration of use.

British researchers found that among more than 500,000 women aged 50 to 79, those who'd used horm...

15 Oct
Many Male Breast Cancers Diagnosed Late, and Delays Can Be Lethal

Many Male Breast Cancers Diagnosed Late, and Delays Can Be Lethal

Breast cancer in men is rare. But because it's not often suspected in men, diagnosis often comes only after a tumor has begun to spread throughout the body, new research shows.

"Approximately one-half of males with breast cancer received a diagnosis after it had alre...

05 Oct
Radiation Plus Surgery May Be Best Against an Early Form of Breast Cancer

Radiation Plus Surgery May Be Best Against an Early Form of Breast Cancer

Research following patients for nearly three decades finds that surgery plus radiation beats surgery alone for women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) -- a common, early form of breast cancer that can become invasive cancer.

However, the study also found that any ...

25 Sep
Breast Cancer Treatment Comes Later, Lasts Longer for Black Women

Breast Cancer Treatment Comes Later, Lasts Longer for Black Women

Among breast cancer patients in the United States, Black women are more likely to start treatment later and to have a longer treatment period than white women, new research shows.

For the study, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill analyzed ...

22 Sep
Is an Early Form of Breast Cancer More Dangerous Than Thought?

Is an Early Form of Breast Cancer More Dangerous Than Thought?

Women diagnosed with an early, highly treatable form of breast cancer still face a higher-than-normal risk of eventually dying from the disease, a large new study finds.

The study looked at women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), where cancer cells form in the li...

18 Sep
Almost 90,000 Young American Adults Will Get Cancer This Year: Report

Almost 90,000 Young American Adults Will Get Cancer This Year: Report

Nearly 90,000 Americans between 15 and 39 years of age will be diagnosed with cancer this year and more than 9,200 will die, a new report projects.

One hematologist who deals with younger cancer patients said the shock of a diagnosis at this point in their lives can...

17 Sep
Mother and Son Draw Hope, Healing From Shared Cancer Treatment

Mother and Son Draw Hope, Healing From Shared Cancer Treatment

Families bond over lots of shared experiences -- but one Leslie Seigel and her adult son, Josh, never expected to share was battling cancer.

Soon after Leslie finished chemotherapy for an aggressive form of breast cancer, however, Josh found himself waging his own ba...

07 Sep
No Link Found Between Blood Pressure Meds and Cancer: Study

No Link Found Between Blood Pressure Meds and Cancer: Study

Blood pressure drugs don't increase the risk of cancer, according to the largest study to examine the issue.

A possible link between blood pressure drugs and cancer has been the subject of debate for decades, but evidence has been inconsistent and conflicting.

...

20 Aug
Can Women With Early Breast Cancer Skip Post-Op Radiation?

Can Women With Early Breast Cancer Skip Post-Op Radiation?

Instead of weeks of radiation following a lumpectomy, a new study shows that many women with early breast cancer do just as well with only a single dose of targeted radiation that is given during their surgery.

"Breast cancer outcomes, in terms of cancer coming back,...

17 Aug
Delayed Surgery for Early Breast Cancer Won't Harm Survival: Study

Delayed Surgery for Early Breast Cancer Won't Harm Survival: Study

Women with early-stage breast cancer whose surgery has been postponed during the coronavirus pandemic need not worry about the delay, new study findings suggest.

A longer time from diagnosis to surgery doesn't affect overall survival of women with early-stage tumors...

13 Aug
Mammograms in 40s Can Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

Mammograms in 40s Can Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

Adding to an ongoing debate over the timing of mammography, a new British study finds that screening women aged 40 to 49 for breast cancer saves lives, with only small increases in overdiagnosis.

"This is a very long-term follow-up of a study which confirms that scre...

04 Aug
Cancer Diagnoses Plunge as Americans Avoid Screening During Pandemic

Cancer Diagnoses Plunge as Americans Avoid Screening During Pandemic

As COVID-19 continues to impact nearly all aspects of American health care, researchers warn that the United States has seen a troubling drop in cancer diagnoses since the pandemic began.

The drop is not being attributed to a downturn in cancer incidence, but rather ...

06 Jul
Breast Cancer Caught Earlier in U.S. States With Expanded Medicaid: Study

Breast Cancer Caught Earlier in U.S. States With Expanded Medicaid: Study

Early-stage breast cancer is more likely to be diagnosed in U.S. states that have expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare than in those that haven't, researchers say.

Their new study looked at a database of more than 71,000 women diagnosed with breast cancer in 31...

15 Jun
Breast Cancer Takes Big Financial Toll on Some Young Patients

Breast Cancer Takes Big Financial Toll on Some Young Patients

Breast cancer treatment costs are highest among young and middle-age patients with advanced breast cancer.

That's the conclusion of a new analysis of data from women in North Carolina who were treated for breast cancer between 2003 and 2014. Researchers found that th...

10 Jun
Loving Partners May Be Key to Breast Cancer Survivors' Health

Loving Partners May Be Key to Breast Cancer Survivors' Health

A little romance may go a long way toward helping breast cancer survivors thrive.

New research showed that a strong romantic relationship wasn't the cure-all, but it was linked to lower psychological stress and lower inflammation, which is a key to staying healthy. <...

10 Jun
'Lab-on-a-Chip' Blood Test Could Spot Breast Cancer Early

'Lab-on-a-Chip' Blood Test Could Spot Breast Cancer Early

A cutting-edge "lab-on-a-chip" has shown promise in detecting early breast cancers and tumors that have developed in other parts of the body.

Roughly the size of a glass microscope slide, the EV-CLUE uses nanotechnology to pump a tiny amount of blood into eight minis...

03 Jun
At-Home Gene Test for Breast, Ovarian Cancers Looks Effective

At-Home Gene Test for Breast, Ovarian Cancers Looks Effective

Screening for breast and ovarian cancer genes might be added to the list of medical tests that can be safely and effectively done from home, new research suggests.

The study looked at screening for BRCA1, BRCA2 and other gene mutations linked to an increased risk of...

29 May
Very Early-Stage Breast Cancer Ups Long-Term Odds for Invasive Tumors: Study

Very Early-Stage Breast Cancer Ups Long-Term Odds for Invasive Tumors: Study

Women with cancerous cells in their milk ducts -- also known as DCIS -- are at a high risk for developing fatal breast cancer, British researchers report.

DCIS is short for ductal carcinoma in situ, an early form of breast cancer. With stepped-up breast screening, i...

28 May
Tumors Have Their Own Bacterial Colonies That Could Guide Cancer Care

Tumors Have Their Own Bacterial Colonies That Could Guide Cancer Care

The human body is teeming with bacteria, and a new study finds the same is true of many cancers -- raising questions about what role microbes might play in the diseases.

Researchers have already known that tumors in certain areas of the body -- like the gut -- harbor...

19 May
Black and White Women Share the Same Genetic Risk for Breast Cancer

Black and White Women Share the Same Genetic Risk for Breast Cancer

Black and white women share genes that increase the risk for breast cancer, a new study finds.

These genes include BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2, each of which is associated with a more than sevenfold risk of breast cancer. Women of both races also share four other genes l...

18 May
Don't Delay If Cancer Symptoms Appear - Call Your Doctor

Don't Delay If Cancer Symptoms Appear - Call Your Doctor

The coronavirus pandemic has many people putting off medical appointments, but if you have possible cancer symptoms, don't delay.

A small lump in a breast, blood in your stool or an odd-looking mole, for example, should not be ignored, according to experts at Cedars...

11 May
Mammograms Do Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

Mammograms Do Save Women's Lives, Study Finds

There's good news for women: Getting a mammogram regularly can cut their odds of advanced and sometimes fatal breast cancers, a new study says.

European researchers tracked data from nearly 550,000 women in Sweden who were eligible for mammography screening.

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01 May
Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of Mammograms

Obamacare May Have Boosted Use of Mammograms

Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has increased access to mammograms for impoverished older women, a new study suggests.

In those states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), women who didn't have access to this breast cancer screening tool ha...

17 Apr
Breast Cancer Group Issues Treatment Guidelines for Coronavirus Pandemic

Breast Cancer Group Issues Treatment Guidelines for Coronavirus Pandemic

Guidelines for the prioritization and treatment of breast cancer patients during the coronavirus pandemic have been released by a group of U.S. medical organizations.

"As hospital resources and staff become limited, it is vital to define which breast cancer patients ...

10 Apr
High-Fiber Diets May Lower Odds for Breast Cancer

High-Fiber Diets May Lower Odds for Breast Cancer

Whether she gets it from fruits, beans, grains or vegetables, dietary fiber appears to at least slightly lower a woman's risk for breast cancer, a comprehensive new review finds.

The review covered data from 20 different trials involving millions of women. It found t...

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