Breast Cancer

Breast cancer cases shoot up in India

Breast cancer cases shoot up in IndiaNew Delhi, Oct 24 - Blame modern lifestyle for it, but breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer in India in numbers. Doctors say the only way to win this battle is through early detection.

Sitting with the case files of four women - all educated, from well-to-do families and from metros, Dr (Mrs) Ramesh Sarin, oncologist at the Apollo Hospital here, said women troop into her chambers at late stages of breast cancer.

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100 Brits `jiggle boobs` in giant flashmob for breast cancer charity

90 Brits `jiggle boobs` in giant flashmob for breast cancer charityLondon, October 19 : 100 nimble-footed participants gathered in central London on Wednesday to take part in a giant ‘flashmob’ - a sudden choreographed dance routine set to music aimed at surprising passers-by – organised by breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!.

CoppaFeel! has been founded by 26-year-old identical twins Kris and Maren Hallenga, whose lives were turned upside down in 2009.

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''Nine out of ten women in Pakistan at risk of breast cancer''

 ''Nine out of ten women in Pakistan at risk of breast cancer''Karachi, Oct. 4 : Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia and one out of nine women in the country is at risk of contracting it, Pink Ribbon CEO Aftab has said.

Prevalence of breast cancer is the highest amongst all cancers in the country, resulting in the deaths of 40,000 women every year, reports The Express Tribune.

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4 genetically distinct types of breast cancer identified

4 genetically distinct types of breast cancer identifiedLondon, September 24 : A new study has confirmed the existence of four main subtypes of breast cancer: Luminal A, luminal B, HER2 and basal-like.

The most comprehensive analysis yet of breast cancer also revealed that one of the most deadly subtypes is genetically more similar to ovarian tumors than to other breast cancers.

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Drugs for ovarian tumors may benefit people with deadly breast cancer

Drugs for ovarian tumors may benefit people with deadly breast cancerLondon, September 24 : The most comprehensive analysis yet of breast cancer has revealed that one of the most deadly subtypes is genetically more similar to ovarian tumors than to other breast cancers.

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Breast cancer risk acquired during pregnancy `may pass on to 3 generations`

Breast cancer risk acquired during pregnancy `may pass on to 3 generations`London, September 12 : Chemicals or foods that raise estrogen levels during pregnancy may increase cancer risk in daughters, granddaughters, and even great-granddaughters, a new study has claimed.

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Exposure to diagnostic chest radiation before 30 may up breast cancer risk

Exposure to diagnostic chest radiation before 30 may up breast cancer risk London, September 7 : Women carrying a mutation in the BRCA1- or BRCA2- genes (which control the suppression of breast and ovarian cancer) who have undergone diagnostic radiation to the chest before the age of 30 are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who carry the gene mutation but who have not been exposed, a study has found.

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1 in 5 women with breast cancer need reoperation after conserving surgery

1 in 5 women with breast cancer need reoperation after conserving surgery London, July 13 : One in five women with breast cancer who opt for breast conserving surgery rather than a mastectomy have a reoperation, a new study has revealed.

45,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in England and in 2008, 58 percent chose to have part of the breast removed (breast conserving surgery) rather than the whole breast (mastectomy).

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Size may determine risk of breast cancer

Size may determine risk of breast cancerWashington, July 4 : A leading personal genetics company has identified seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) significantly associated with breast size, including three SNPs also correlated with breast cancer in a genome-wide association study (GWAS).

23andMe made these findings, which make the first concrete genetic link between breast size and breast cancer risks, using data from its unique online research platform.

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Women turning to breast milk to fight cancer

Women turning to breast milk to fight cancer Melbourne, June 28 : An Australian woman, who has drunk a glass of breast milk every day since being diagnosed with cancer believes that it is saving her life.

Jenny Jones consumes a daily 400ml dose of milk from an anonymous donor ever since she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, or bone marrow cancer, seven months ago.

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Night work `may put women’s health at risk`

Night work `may put women’s health at risk`Washington, June 20 : Researchers have examined the effect of night work on the health of women in a major population study carried out in France between 2005 and 2008.

Breast cancer is the number one cause of female mortality. It affects 100 out of 100,000 women per year in developed countries. More than 1.3 million new cases are diagnosed, 53,000 of these in France each year.

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Cancer risk on rise as women’s breasts now larger than ever before

Cancer risk on rise as women’s breasts now larger than ever before London, June 8 : With more women deciding to go under the knife for breast augmentation, environmental journalist Florence Williams has said that the trend is damaging for their health.

The author has detailed a number of alarming trends that may be contributing to the high rate of breast cancer in the U. S. - today and in years to come.

Women's breasts are expanding with their waistlines, William told USA Today.

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HIV drug `may slow down metastatic breast cancer`

HIV drug `may slow down metastatic breast cancer`Washington, June 7 : The HIV drugs known as CCR5 antagonists may also help prevent aggressive breast cancers from spreading to other sites in the body by metastasis, a new study has revealed.

Such drugs target the HIV receptor CCR5, which the virus uses to enter and infect host cells, and has historically only been associated with expression in inflammatory cells in the immune system.

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Breakthrough drug may extend life of women suffering deadly breast cancer

Breakthrough drug may extend life of women suffering deadly breast cancerLondon, June 3 : A new ‘magic bullet’ drug that offers hope for thousands of women suffering one of the most deadly forms of breast cancer is set to be unveiled.

The medicine, aimed at an aggressive form of the disease, is expected to offer several months of quality ‘extra’ life and drastically cuts the debilitating side effects of traditional therapy.

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Women working in night shifts at significantly higher breast cancer risk

Women working in night shifts at significantly higher breast cancer riskLondon, May 29 : Women who regularly work into the early hours can be nearly four times as likely to develop breast cancer, scientist have warned.

The risk is highest among women who are naturally early risers. But even night owls are in danger.

The threat rose with the more night shifts they did, the study found.

And overall there was a 40percent bigger risk compared to women who worked days.

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New approach for treating aggressive breast cancer identified

New approach for treating aggressive breast cancer identifiedWashington, Mar 7 : Researchers have shed light on a new approach that could thwart the development of aggressive breast cancer.

In particularly aggressive forms of breast cancer, cancer cells can settle in other organs and form metastases there. Once such metastases form, complete recovery is rare.

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Microwave technology ‘could transform breast cancer diagnosis’

Microwave technology ‘could transform breast cancer diagnosis’Melbourne, Mar 6 : Researchers have come up with an innovative method to measure breast tissue using microwaves, thus paving the way for development of non-invasive procedures to predict breast cancer risk.

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Discontinuing hormone therapy may help breast cancer to regress

Discontinuing hormone therapy may help breast cancer to regressWashington, Feb 29 : Quitting hormone therapy may lead to decline in new breast cancer rates, researchers say.

The study supports the hypothesis that stopping hormones can lead to tumour regression.

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Women born to older mothers may develop breast cancer

Women born to older mothers may develop breast cancerLondon, Feb 7 - Girls born to mothers over 39 years and women who were taller and thinner than the average girl prior to puberty faced higher chances of developing breast cancer.

These findings were based on an analysis of a sample of 3,574 women aged between 45 and 68 years, assisted by the screening programmes of seven of Spain's autonomous communities.

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Awareness key to beating breast cancer, say experts

Awareness key to beating breast cancer, say expertsNew Delhi, Feb 3 - In India, almost 80 percent of breast cancer patients are in an advanced stage when they come to a hospital, say doctors. Among the prime factors fuelling the disease in the country, especially among urban women, are fast-paced lives and delayed reproductive activity, they add.

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Soon, breast cancer could be detected from hair

Soon, breast cancer could be detected from hair Melbourne, Jan 27 : An Australian company is developing a hair test to screen for breast cancer, and it says that the test could become a viable alternative to mammography.

SBC Research is conducting an 80-patient trial to test its hypothesis that women with breast cancer have higher levels of phospholipids in their bloodstream that can be detected in their hair.

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Woman says cat discovered her breast cancer

 Woman says cat discovered her breast cancer London, Jan 24 : A mother of two has credited her kitten for saving her life - by detecting she had breast cancer.

Wendy Humphreys said that she became confused after the pet persistently leapt up and sat on her right breast while she lay watching television.

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Chemical found in deodorants linked to breast cancer

Chemical found in deodorants linked to breast cancerLondon, Jan 13 - A chemical used as a preservative in cosmetics like deodorants as well as in food products and pharmaceuticals has been found in samples from 40 women with breast cancer.

Parabens are a chemical compound found in everyday toiletry products including moisturisers, make-up, shaving foam, tanning lotions and toothpaste.

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Trigger for breast cancer spread identified

Trigger for breast cancer spread identifiedWashington, Jan 4 : A vital change in body's cellular defense system, which is usually involved in fighting bacterial and viral infection, triggers breast cancer spread to other parts of the body, a new study led by Indian origin author has revealed.

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Drug based on poisonous flowers could beat breast cancer

 Drug based on poisonous flowers could beat breast cancer London, Nov 26 : Drug extracted from one of Britain’s most popular flowers ‘Foxgloves’ could soon be used as treatment to stop spread of breast cancer, a new study has suggested.

Scientists in the U. S. have revealed that digoxin, a long-established drug based on chemicals found in foxglove, can block the production of a protein called HIF-1, which has been held responsible for the spread of breast cancer.

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