Monday, August 31, 2015

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New breast cancer cases in the United States are forecast to rise by as much as 50 percent by 2030, government researchers reported Monday.
Q: I just had a mammogram, and I was called back for a follow-up. How worried should I be? A: The vast majority of women who have a screening mammogram will receive a letter within 30 days saying that their results are normal.
And that could increase risk of cancer recurrence, as well as heart disease and diabetes, researchers say
Researchers who study hereditary breast and ovarian cancer call it "the Angelina Jolie Effect." They reported a sustained global surge in requests for BRCA genetic testing after the actress wrote about her preventive mastectomy two years ago. Last month, she gave another boost to awareness when she wrote about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries.
Study found counties with higher screening, detection rates had no significant difference in deaths
But whether lack of sleep -- or the causes of sleeplessness -- to blame is unclear, experts say
Finding suggests scans may have value beyond detection
Side effect is very rare, tied to drug-linked inflammation of hands, experts say
Elderly women will account for growing proportion of cases, study predicts
New focus on tumor subtypes could help patients, according to medical groups
In study of those under 50 with invasive form of disease, 12 percent had BRCA1, BRCA2 mutations
Circulating tumor DNA analysis spots stray cells months before scans detect recurrence, researchers say
Majority had issues such as anxiety, sleeplessness, often persisting long after being declared cancer-free
Even 'sham' acupuncture beat one frequently used medication
Researchers estimated that only 3 percent of women with DCIS will die from it within 20 years of diagnosis
Findings suggest heavy women might need more focused screening
Limit alcohol consumption, especially if you've ever smoked, experts say
Limit alcohol consumption, especially if you've ever smoked, experts say
Women who don't have BRCA mutations could have other high-risk genes that affect treatment choices
Treatment offers fewer side effects and better quality of life, researchers say
Access to care, not insurance, is a key issue, researcher says
Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates
Study found benefit from drugs known as aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates
Studies found it lowered chances of recurrence, but did not boost overall survival