Category Archives: Breast

False positives may provide clue to future breast cancer risk

A large new study out today finds women who had a false positive mammogram had an increased risk for developing breast cancer years later. The risk was independent of breast density and remained elevated for a decade after the false-positive test. The … Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars: When Celebrity Health Advice Conflicts With Science

Dr. Len’s Cancer Blog is experiencing technical difficulties, so we’re posting his entry from earlier this week here. Dealing with a diagnosis of cancer remains a very scary, emotionally charged experience. That experience is not helped by the addition of conflicting … Continue reading

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Angelina Jolie Writes about Prophylactic Mastectomy

Actress Angelina Jolie has authored an opinion piece in the New York Times about her choice to have a prophylactic mastectomy to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Ms. Jolie says her family and genetic history gave her an 87% … Continue reading

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“I used to believe a mammogram saved my life.”

“I used to believe a mammogram saved my life.” So begins a remarkable article in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine (“Our Feel Good War on Breast Cancer“), which asks provocative questions about the battle against breast cancer, questioning awareness efforts and … Continue reading

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Study: Mammography Screening Every Two Years Does Not Increase Risk of Advanced Stage Tumors

A study appearing early online in JAMA Internal Medicine (formerly Archives of Internal Medicine) suggests that women  50 to 74 years old who undergo biennial screening have a similar risk of advanced-stage disease and a lower cumulative risk of false-positive … Continue reading

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Alcohol and Cancer: Sobering Statistics

A new study says that alcohol consumption causes 18,000 to 21,000  cancer deaths per year, or about 3.5 percent of all U.S. cancer deaths. Researchers led by National Cancer Institute scientists say breast cancer accounts for more than half of alcohol attributable cancer deaths in women, … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer and the Environment: We Need Answers

A new report from an expert committee established by Congress to examine the current state of breast cancer and the environment research  says more collaboration is needed among researchers with varying expertise to  focus research in the most promising areas. … Continue reading

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