Health News

Amount of Radiation Matters for Breast Cancer
Is more radiation therapy better? A group of UK researchers hoped to answer that question with recently published research.
Young Women Can Save a Breast
You may recall that Angelina Jolie recently had a double mastectomy to reduce her risks of developing breast cancer. Researchers have discovered that young women are opting for similar operations to protect themselves.
Good News for Bad Cancer Gene Carriers
Mistakes in the BRCA1 gene can increase a woman’s risk of both breast and ovarian cancer. This reality is well-established. What hasn’t been clear is if BRCA carriers are more likely to die from their cancers than are women without the altered genes. A new study offers good news.
Radiation on Whole or Part of Breast?
After a lumpectomy (removal of breast tumor), breast cancer patients usually have radiation therapy to kill any remaining cancer cells. There are two main types of radiation therapy — one that treats the whole breast and one that treats part of the breast. Which is more effective?
Should Mammography Start Earlier?
While breast cancer survival has increased impressively over the past several decades, nearly 40,000 women — including women younger than age 50 — will lose their lives to the disease this year. Could screening have saved some of these lives?
Excellent News for DCIS Survivors
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition where there are abnormal breast cells considered to be a precursor to breast cancer, has traditionally been treated with surgery, followed by radiation. There has been concern that the radiation could increase heart disease risks among DCIS survivors.
Do You Know Your Breast Cancer Risk?
If you’re like the vast majority of women, you probably don’t really know what your individual breast cancer risks are. You either overestimate your chances of developing the feared disease or underestimate them. Shocked? Read on.
HRT-Related Breast Cancer Risks Vary
In the late 1990s, medicines that helped women with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, were widely prescribed. That changed in 2003 after a large study found that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increased breast cancer risks.
Cancer Survivors Enjoying the Good Life
Women who have beaten breast cancer, thankfully, are living longer these days. So what sorts of challenges do ladies who are years past breast cancer face? Are they different from the challenges other women in the same age group face? The news is good.
Breast Cancer Survivors Battling Brittle Bones
Breast cancer survivors can have ongoing health challenges after they’ve beaten "The Big C." Many are on medications that block estrogen, the hormone that drives most breast cancers. These medicines also increase the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones) and increase the risk of fractures.