Tag: cancer

What’s Hot at 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium

A variety of important studies — but no stunning headliner — will be presented at the 35th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), being held December 4 to 8 in Texas, according to one of its codirectors. “It’s a little less obvious this year,” said Peter Ravdin, MD, PhD, about which studies will garner the…

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Mammography Could Reduce Mortality by 50%

Regular screening mammography reduces mortality from breast cancer by at least 50% in women 50 to 69 years of age, not by one fifth as estimated by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, in the opinion of one public health researcher speaking here at the Union for International Cancer Control World Cancer Congress…

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Dual HER2 Blockade Improves Overall Survival With Metastatic Breast Cancer

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jul 09 – Dual HER2 blockade with trastuzumab and lapatinib extends overall survival in women with heavily pretreated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer, researchers say. The findings from the phase III EGF104900 study were published online June 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. A 2010 paper with preliminary data from the…

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Higher Soy Intake Tied to Fewer Breast Cancer Recurrences

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jun 26 – Eating soy foods may be linked to a lower recurrence risk in breast cancer, according to a study of Chinese and American women that eases earlier concerns. Intake of at least 10 mg soy isoflavones per day was also tied to lower risks of all-cause and breast cancer-specific…

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AMA Supports Mammography Screening Beginning at Age 40 Years

June 25, 2012 (Chicago, Illinois) — The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted here at the AMA 2012 Annual Meeting to support insurance coverage for screening mammography. The AMA further stated its belief that beginning at age 40 years, all women should be eligible for screening mammography. This differs from the…

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Timing of Physical Activity Key to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

June 25, 2012 — It is increasingly well-established that physical activity may reduce the risk for breast cancer; now a new study indicates that the timing and extent of exercise are key to gaining benefit. According to the study, published online June 25 in Cancer, any level of physical activity during the reproductive and postmenopausal years appeared to…

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Top Medical News Stories of 2011

1. FDA Calls for Simvastatin Limits The FDA played a role in most of this year’s top news stories, starting with a June 8 recommendation that physicians restrict prescribing high doses of the cholesterol medication simvastatin (Zocor, Merck) because of a risk for muscle damage. The FDA drug safety communication states that physicians should limit using the…

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Study Endorses HPV Testing for All Women Over 30

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  • December, 15 2011

New DNA tests looking for the virus responsible for most cases of cervical cancer make sense for all women aged 30 or over, since they can prevent more cases of cancer than Pap smears alone, Dutch researchers say. Results of a five-year study involving 45,000 women provided the strongest evidence yet in favor of using…

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Regular Mammograms Slash Breast Cancer Mortality Risk in Half

Regular mammograms may decrease the risk for deadly breast cancer by 49%, a new case-control study suggests. According to the Dutch investigators, the greatest reduction occurred in women aged 70 to 75 years and represented a drop of 84%. “Our study adds further evidence that mammography screening unambiguously reduces breast cancer mortality,” said senior researcher…

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Annual Mammography Is Essential for Women in Their 40s

Women in their 40s with no family history of breast cancer are just as likely to develop invasive breast cancer as women with a family history, according to research presented here at the Radiological Society of North America 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting. The finding offers conclusive evidence that women 40 to 49 years…

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