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AI Might Help Spot Breast Cancer's Spread Without Biopsy

New AI can help detect breast cancer that is spreading to other parts of the body, without the need for biopsies, a new study finds.

The AI analyzes MRI scans to detect the presence of cancer cells in the lymph nodes under the arms, researchers said.


Most Young Breast Cancer Survivors Can Have Children

Most young breast cancer survivors can go on to have children despite the effects of their lifesaving treatment, a new study shows.

About 73% of breast cancer survivors attempting to conceive achieved a pregnancy and 65% had a live birth, researchers report.

Those who opted for ...

Fertility Treatments Safe for Breast Cancer Survivors With Cancer-Linked Genes

Fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other methods don't boost the odds for tumor recurrence in young women who've survived breast cancer and carry the BRCA cancer genes, a reassuring, new report finds.

The issue had been in question because breast tissue can be sensitive to hormones and many assisted reproductive techniques (ARTs) involve a temporary boost...

Olivia Munn Underwent Hysterectomy After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Actress and "X-men" star Olivia Munn has revealed that she underwent egg retrieval and then a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

In an article published on Mother's Day, Munn told Vogue she opted for hysterectomy because it allowed her to avoid using an estrogen-suppressing cancer drug called Lupron, which left her drained of energy.

Munn, 43, said she m...

All Women Need Mammograms Beginning at Age 40, Expert Panel Says

All women should start getting mammograms every other year beginning at age 40, the nation’s top panel of preventive health experts announced Tuesday.

About 20% more lives can be saved from breast cancer by moving the regular screening age up to age 40, rather than starting at age 5...

Breast Cancer Survivors Face Higher Odds for Second Cancer

People lucky enough to survive a breast cancer may still face heightened risks for other cancers later, a new study shows.

The researchers stressed that the absolute risk of a secondary cancer to any one survivor is still low. However, relative to folks who've never had breast cancer,...

Relationship With Partner Affects Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

A strong relationship can help a breast cancer survivor thrive in the aftermath of their terrible ordeal, a new study finds.

Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer places tremendous stress on the women and their partners, researchers said.

Those women in a solid relationship with...

Why Healthy Eating Is Key for Breast Cancer Survivors

Eating healthy can lower the risk of heart disease in breast cancer survivors, a new study has found.

Heart disease is a top cause of death in women who've survived breast cancer, likely due to the toxic effects of chemo, radiation and targeted cancer thera...

Young Women Often Delay Looking Into Breast Symptoms

Young women who find a lump or other potential signs of breast cancer often delay for weeks before finally seeing a doctor, a new study shows.

On average, young women waited two weeks before seeing a doctor about troubling breast symptoms, researchers found. One-third of young breast cance...

Preventive Mastectomy Less Common for Black Women With Breast Cancer

Black women with cancer in one breast are less likely than white women to have the healthy breast removed as well, a new study has found.

Women with cancer affecting one breast often elect to have the other breast removed, for a variety of reasons, researchers said.

But it appears Black women are less likely to be afforded that option, particularly in hospitals that largely treat wh...

Many Factors Stop U.S. Women From Getting Mammograms

Health care cost and access are not the only barriers women face in getting lifesaving mammograms, a new government report finds.

Food insecurity, lack of transportation, less hours at work and feelings of isolation also can keep women from getting screened for breast cancer, resea...

Some Breast Cancer Patients Can Retain Lymph Nodes, Avoiding Lymphedema

Removal of armpit lymph nodes can leave many breast cancer patients with lingering lymphedema, a painful and unsightly swelling of the arm.

Now, new Swedish research may help narrow down which patients require extensive lymph removal, based on the number and size of tumors infiltrating lymph nodes, ...

Test Might Allow Some Patients With Aggressive Breast Cancer Skip Chemo

A new test might allow some women with an aggressive form of breast cancer to skip chemotherapy without harm, researchers say.

Women with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer appear to have better survival rates and a lower risk of recurrence if they carry high levels of cancer-k...

Cryoblation 'Freeze' Treatment Works for Large Breast Tumors

Killing off large tumors by freezing them could become an effective means of fighting difficult-to-treat breast cancer, a new study says.

Only 10% of people who underwent the minimally invasive procedure, called cryoablation, had their cancer come back within 16 months, researchers said.


Actress Olivia Munn Is Battling Breast Cancer

Actress and "X-Men" star Olivia Munn announced Wednesday that she has been fighting breast cancer.

Posting on her Instagram account, beside a photo of herself in a hospital bed, Munn wrote,  “I was diagnosed...

Annual Mammograms Starting at 40 Saves The Most Lives

Researchers hope a new study will end the debate over the best age to start breast cancer screening and how often to do it.

"The biggest takeaway point of our study is that annual screening beginning at 40 and continuing to at least age 79 gives … the most cancer deaths averted, and the most years of life gained," said lead researcher

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  • Preventive Mastectomies May Save Lives of Women With Breast Cancer Genes

    Women who carry certain mutations in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes know they are at heightened odds for breast cancer.

    Now, Canadian research suggests that for some patients a "risk-reducing" preventive mastectomy may cut the odds of dying from breast cancer later.

    “The decision to have a risk-reducing mastectomy is often difficult for a woman to make, and the more evidence we are ab...

    Scientists Discover New Way to Fight Estrogen-Fueled Breast Cancer

    Everyone's heard of fighting fire with fire.

    Now that tactic is coming to breast cancer treatment.

    Researchers think they've figured out a better way to fight breast cancer fueled by the female hormone estrogen – by employing mechanisms used by the male hormone androgen.

    An experimental drug called enobosarm stimulates the androgen receptor on cancer cells, which functions a...

    Scientists Develop Sensor That Tests Saliva for Breast Cancer

    Mammograms are a lifesaving misery for middle-aged women, but a new tool could make getting a breast cancer screening as easy as spitting.


    A new hand-held biosensor can detect breast cancer biomarkers from a tiny sample of saliva, researchers report Feb. 13 in the

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  • Breast Cancer Gene Test May Lead to Worse Care for Black Patients

    A common genetic test to determine treatment options for breast cancer could be leading some Black patients to forego chemotherapy that might have helped them, a new study says.

    The test appears to underestimate the benefit of chemotherapy in some Black women because it doesn't take into account race-based differences in treatment response, the researchers explained.

    “The test cou...

    Why the Rise in Breast Cancers in Younger Women?

    A surge in breast cancers for women younger than 50 has puzzled medical experts, but a new study provides some new information that could help halt this trend.

    The steady increase in diagnoses during the past two decades has largely been driven by breast cancers fueled by the female hormone estrogen, formally known as estrogen-receptor positive tumors, researchers report Jan. 26 in the jo...

    What's Behind the Steady Decline in Breast Cancer Deaths?

    Breast cancer deaths declined by a dramatic 58% between 1975 and 2019, and researchers think they can pinpoint the exact reasons for the reduction.

    Advances in medical technology aided by routine breast cancer screening have helped save lives, researchers concluded in the Journal of the American Medical Association

    U.S. Cancer Death Rates Are Falling, But News Isn't All Good

    Cancer deaths continue to decline in the United States, with more than 4 million deaths prevented since 1991, a new report shows.

    But more people are developing cancers than ever, making the dreaded disease a continued threat to human health, according to the new report

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  • Soy, Nuts, Beans May Help Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

    Women who've survived breast cancer may want to up their dietary intake of soy, nuts, beans and whole grains, a new analysis finds.

    A higher intake of soy compounds called isoflavones was especially tied to better odds that cancer would not return, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and elsewhere.

    The findings can't yet determine the ideal dosages of i...

    One Way to Boost Mammogram Rates: Let Women Schedule Their Own Appointments

    Allowing women to schedule their own mammography appointments increases the likelihood they'll follow through on the screening, a new study reports.

    “Self-scheduling helps make the path to mammogram completion a little smoother, where you don't have to find the time to call a scheduling line, wait on hold, or go back and forth trying to find an appointment that works for your schedule,...

    Women With Very Early Breast Cancer May Safely Skip Radiation Rx: Study

    Some women with a very early form of breast cancer known as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) can safely skip follow-up radiation therapy after surgery, new research suggests.

    Results from a sophisticated genetic test are key to the decision to either undergo or skip radiotherapy, say researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago.

    “Using [these] personalized diagnostic tools to ...

    Can Breast Cancer Survivors Reduce Frequency of Mammograms?

    Under current U.S. guidelines, women over 49 who've survived early-stage breast cancer are directed to undergo a mammogram every year "indefinitely."

    But a new British study suggests that, just three years after being declared free of their cancer, these women might be fine having mammograms less frequently.

    “The trial demonstrated that the outcomes from undergoing less frequent m...

    Lymphedema Left her 'Miserable, Depressed' Until Specialized Surgery Changed Everything

    Sydnee Meth survived breast cancer, but she wasn't prepared for the aftereffects of her treatment.

    Doctors removed the lymph nodes from Meth's right armpit during her second bout with breast cancer in 2014, and as a result she developed a painful condition called lymphedema.

    For years, her right arm was so swollen and heavy she couldn't lift it up past her shoulder. She couldn't fin...

    Some Older Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer Can Safely Skip Radiotherapy: Study

    Women in the their 50s and 60s who've gone through menopause may be able to safely skip radiation treatment if they're diagnosed with a common form of breast cancer, new research shows.

    The study focused on early stage HR+ breast cancers, which comprise the large majority of new cases. In HR+ breast cancer, tumor cells carry receptors for the hormones estrogen or progesterone.


    Exercise Brings Better Quality of Life to Women With Advanced Breast Cancer

    Exercise can boost the quality of life of women who are battling advanced breast cancer, a new study has found.

    Women who took part in a nine-month structured exercise program reported less fatigue and a better overall quality of life, according to results presented Thursday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

    “Optimizing quality of life is, of course, important for everyb...

    More Evidence That Regular Mammograms Save Lives

    A woman who gets her regular mammograms as scheduled is much less likely to die from breast cancer than if she skips screenings, a new study shows.

    Women with breast cancer who underwent all her scheduled mammograms had a survival rate of 80%, compared with survival rates as low as 59% for women who didn't participate in any screenings, researchers found.

    “The purpose of mammograp...

    Breast Cancer Rates Higher in Urban vs. Rural Areas

    Environmental contaminants may be driving higher rates of breast cancer in urban areas compared to rural locales, a new North Carolina study finds.

    “Our analyses indicate significant associations between environmental quality and breast cancer incidence," said lead author Larisa Gearhart-Serna, who led the research as a Ph.D. can...

    Many Women With Breast Cancer Struggle With Sexual Health

    For many women with breast cancer, struggles with sexual issues becomes a hidden burden, new research shows.

    Because most patients don't feel comfortable talking over these issues with a doctor, many turn to online patient-support forums for advice.

    The new study found that three-quarters of breast cancer patients admitted to some form of sexual dysfunction, most often vaginal dryne...

    Helping Women Find Affordable Housing Also Boosts Cancer Screening

    Chalk up a surprising benefit to government housing assistance.

    Breast cancer screening is higher among some low-income women who get government help with housing compared to those who do not, new research shows.

    "Receiving housing assistance has been associated with several positive health outcomes and health behaviors in past research, and our findings suggest it can also support ...

    False-Positive Mammogram Result Raises Odds for Breast Cancer Later

    Women who have a false-positive result on a screening mammogram may have an increased risk of breast cancer for up to 20 years, a large new study finds.

    False-positives occur when a screening mammogram seems to show something abnormal that, with follow-up testing, is declared non-cancerous.

    The new study...

    Looking for Reliable Info Online on Breast Cancer Surgery? It's Tough to Find

    If you're contemplating breast cancer surgery, searching online for information may not be the best way to learn about your treatment options.

    Why? Educational materials on breast cancer surgery often vary widely in quality of information and tone, and they are often written above the sixth-grade reading level, new research indicates. The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend...

    Obesity Raises Odds for Recurrence in Breast Cancer Survivors

    Many breast cancer survivors take a hormonal drug after cancer treatment to stave off a recurrence, but new research suggests these drugs may be less effective in women who are obese.

    Breast cancer cells in hormone-positive breast cancers are fueled by the female sex hormone estrogen. Aromatase inhibitor medications lower estrogen levels by stopping an enzyme in fat tissue called aro...

    A Doctor's Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer Care

    A breast cancer diagnosis often causes anxiety and depression, but an empathetic doctor can help.

    Supportive communication is key to reducing patient uncertainty and promoting mental well-being, Rutgers University researchers have found.

    “Our findings suggest that provider communication is a key component to reducing uncertainty, and thus providers play a key role in helping to fa...

    'Three's Company' Star Suzanne Somers Dies From Cancer at 76

    Actress Suzanne Somers died “peacefully at home” Sunday morning after a return of breast cancer, her publicist announced.

    Best known for her roles on "Three's Company" and "Step by Step," Somers was 76.

    “She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” Somers' longtime publicist R. Couri Hay wrote in a statement shared on behalf of the actress' family.

    Not Just a Lump: Many Women Miss Subtle Signs of Breast Cancer

    The vast majority of women know a lump in their breast likely signals the presence of cancer, a new survey finds, but that's not the only sign of the disease.

    “Screening mammography is our No. 1 defense in detecting and addressing breast cancers at their earliest, most treatable stages, but it is also very important for people to be familiar with the look and feel of their own breast t...

    Inflammatory Breast Cancer Is Rare But Aggressive: Know the Signs

    Inflammatory breast cancer is rare, but it's aggressive, fast-growing and hard to detect early, so it's important to know the warning signs.

    The American Cancer Society is working to raise awareness about this form of breast cancer, known also as IBC, which is responsible for about 1% to 5% of all breast cancer cases.

    “IBC is tricky as it doesn't usually present with a breast lum...

    What Every Woman Needs to Know About Breast Cancer Screening

    Catching breast cancer early is key to making it easier to treat and survive, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

    The organization aims to highlight early detection, noting that screening with mammography has helped breast cancer death rates drop 43% since 1989.

    “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (after skin cancer) and the second most common cause of ca...

    Shorter Course of Radiation May Be Safe for Women Undergoing Breast Reconstruction

    Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy can probably benefit from a shorter course of more intense radiation therapy, a new study indicates.

    Hypofractionated radiation therapy -- which provides a higher dose each session over three weeks -- provides the same protection against breast cancer recurrence and post-surgical complications as a standard course of lower-dose radiation ove...

    Women Give High Marks to Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissue

    Women who have breast reconstruction using their own tissue instead of implants ma be more satisfied with the results, new research shows.

    "The findings were unexpected, since autologous breast reconstruction is a more complex procedure, with a higher rate of severe complications," said lead author

    Mammograms: An Expert Overview on Why They're So Important

    Mammograms have long offered early detection of breast cancer, which is why getting them regularly is crucial to women's health, one expert says.

    “There are several risk factors associated with breast cancer. As with many other diseases, risk of developing breast cancer increases as you get older,” said Dr. Mridula Geor...

    Breast Cancer Drug Could Trigger Dangerous High Blood Sugar

    For certain patients with advanced breast cancer, a drug called Piqray (alpelisib) may extend survival. But new research confirms the medication often causes seriously high blood sugar levels.

    “This is a very effective drug that we should be using to treat breast cancer, but the problem is that it causes high blood sugar, which also can decrease the efficacy of the medication,” explai...

    Many Women May Overestimate Risks From Genes Tied to Breast Cancer

    Women who carry mutations in genes known as BRCA have an elevated risk of breast cancer. But a large, new study suggests that risk may be lower than generally believed -- especially if a woman has no close relative with the disease.

    The study, of more than 400,000 British adults, found that women who carried mutations in either of two genes -- BRCA1 or BRCA2 -- had a higher-than-average r...

    Dirty Air Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Air pollution has long been known to harm the heart and lungs, but new research suggests it might also raise the risk of breast cancer.

    Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) discovered that the largest increases in breast cancer incidence were among women who, on average, had higher levels of particulate...

    AI Equals Human Radiologists at Interpreting Breast Cancer Scans

    Another study is showing that artificial intelligence (AI) is as good as a specialist doctor in spotting breast cancer on a mammogram. But don't expect computers to take over the job from humans, experts say.

    In a study that compared the mammography-reading skills of an AI tool with those of more than 500 medical professionals, researchers found that it was basically a tie.

    On avera...

    Skipping Radiation May Be Safe for Some With Early Breast Cancer

    Many women with early breast cancer undergo breast-conserving surgery along with radiation to kill any errant cancer cells, but some may be able to safely skip radiation, new research suggests.

    “If the tumors are low-risk, as defined in part by being caught early/small and in part by having favorable molecular features, the risk of recurrence is minimal even if you skip out on what has ...

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