Tag: breast cancers

The Mammogram Frequency Debate: What It Means to You

The question of how often women should be screened for breast cancer seems to have no clear-cut answer. While some experts say that women should be screened once a year, not all experts agree with this recommendation.

In 2009, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended that women between the

A Guide to Osteoporosis Medications

According to research published online January 1, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new drug called romosozumab may offer hope for the treatment of osteoporosis. The drug works by freeing the body’s ability to stimulate bone production by blocking signals that naturally inhibit bone formation. According to

Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

Is There an Alternative to Mammogram Screening?

For years, the mammogram has served as the primary tool for breast cancer screening. Mammography can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is smaller and has not spread beyond the breast. In the search for a potential alternative to mammogram screening, researchers are studying other tests, such

Ovarian Cancer Remains Difficult to Diagnose

More than 21,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the U.S. each year, and more than 14,000 die from it. The current five-year survival rate for the disease is less than 46 percent, though this is an improvement on the 36 percent of women who survived for five years

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

For Most Breast Cancers, Preventive Double Mastectomy Is Unnecessary

In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her breasts removed after genetic testing indicated she was at increased risk of breast cancer. Her announcement came about five years after actress Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast. Media

Higher Cancer Incidence in Males than in Females

For years, scientists have puzzled over why more males develop cancer than females: In some cancers, the ratio is two to one higher in males than females. Males carry about a 20 percent higher risk than females of developing cancer, which results in 153,000 new additional cases of cancer in

Freezing Breast Cancer in Its Tracks

A new treatment for breast cancer, cryoablation, which uses extreme cold to kill cancerous cells, is currently under study at various sites across the U.S. Rache Simmons, MD, chief of breast surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, is the lead author on the initial clinical study of cryoablation and breast cancer, and

Oats Offer Whole-Grain Benefits

When you think of oats, you may picture a hot bowl of cinnamon oatmeal with berries that warms you up on a frosty morning. But there’s more to these grains than a feel-good breakfast: You can reap the powerful health benefits of oats in lunches, dinners, and snacks.
Unfortunately, many people

Disrupting Cancer’s Energy Source

Virtually all cancers can form metastatic tumors, and a malignant tumor in one part of the body can spread with relative ease to distant locations, creating new and distinct cancers. Tumor cells can travel efficiently via blood, lymphatics, or even across body cavities. Lungs and liver, brains and bone are

Newsbriefs: AFib; BMI; Colonoscopy

Atrial fibrillation doubles silent stroke risk.
A review of 11 studies that reported on the link between atrial fibrillation (AF) and silent cerebral infarction (SCI) found that AF is associated with more than twice the risk of SCI. Patients with AF have up to five times greater risk for stroke and

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