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Study Suggests Breast Cancer Screening Options for Women With ATM, CHEK2, and PALB2 Mutations

Women with ATM, CHEK2, or PALB2 mutations may benefit from starting annual breast cancer screening with MRI between the ages and 30 to 35 and an annual MRI and mammogram starting at age 40.

Screening Mammography Rates Drop in Breast Cancer Survivors

Rates of screening mammograms among women who’ve received breast cancer treatment have declined since 2009, especially among women ages 40 to 49.

Research Pinpoints Which Women Benefit From Bisphosphonates After Early-Stage Disease

A large study has found that bisphosphonates reduce the risk of distant breast cancer recurrence in postmenopausal women.

Jan 28, 2014 | Diagnosis, Risk Factors and Bone Health
Vitamin D Doesn't Seem to Be Linked to Recurrence Risk or Survival Rates, but There Are Questions About Study

A large study suggests that there is no link between vitamin D and overall survival or disease-free survival in women diagnosed with breast cancer with a high risk of recurrence. Still, there are questions about the study.

Jun 11, 2014 | Diagnosis, Nutrition and Risk Factors
Fast Breast MRI Seems to Find More Cancers in Dense Breasts Than 3D Mammogram

A 10-minute breast MRI exam, also called Fast Breast MRI, found more cancers than 3D mammograms in women with dense breasts.

Aspirin, Ibuprofen May Reduce Recurrence Risk for Hormone-Receptor-Positive Disease

Two studies on NSAIDs and breast cancer suggest that these medicines may help reduce the risk of recurrence of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in overweight and obese women and may also reduce the risk of breast cancer spreading to the lymph nodes.

Aug 16, 2014 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Eating Soy May Turn on Genes Linked to Cancer Growth

Study suggests that for some women adding a medium amount of soy to their diets turns on genes that can cause cancer to grow.

Sep 5, 2014 | Diagnosis, Nutrition and Risk Factors
Genetic Mutations Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk Are the Same for Black, White Women

The genetic mutations that increase breast cancer risk, including mutations in the BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 genes, are the same for both Black and white women, which means that currently available genetic tests are effective for Black women.

Smoking During Breast Cancer Radiation Therapy Increases Risk of Lung Cancer

A new study shows that women who smoked and got radiation therapy to treat breast cancer had a much higher risk of lung cancer later on compared to women who got radiation and didn't smoke.

DCIS Recurrence Risk Overestimated by Many Women

Many women overestimate the risk of DCIS coming back.

Taking Hormone Replacement Therapy Increases Recurrence Risk in Survivors

Hormone replacement therapy seems to significantly increase the risk of breast cancer coming back.

Experimental Genomic Test May Help Predict Risk of Hormone-Receptor-Positive Disease Recurrence

An experimental test may be able to help predict the risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer, but it's not clear how useful the test is.

Link Between Obesity and Worse Prognosis Isn't Consistent

The analysis of several studies show the link between obesity and worse prognosis in women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer isn't consistent.

Dec 14, 2010 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Some High Blood Pressure Meds May Increase Risk of Recurrence

New research suggests that ACE inhibitors, a type of blood pressure medicine, may increase the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

Apr 22, 2011 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Obesity Doesn't Affect Survival in Metastatic Disease

Research has found that being overweight or obese at diagnosis doesn't affect the survival of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.

Jun 10, 2011 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Women With Abnormal BRCA Gene Have Higher Risk of New Cancer in Opposite Breast

Research shows that women with an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene who've been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of being diagnosed with a new, different cancer in the opposite breast compared to women without an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Diabetes Medicine Linked to Better Outcomes in Diabetics With HER2-Positive, Hormone-Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

Diabetic women treated with metformin who have been diagnosed with HER2-positive, hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer have better outcomes, including overall survival, than similar women who were not treated with metformin.

Mar 16, 2017 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Healthy Eating After Diagnosis Improves Survival

Research suggests that postmenopausal women who eat a healthy diet after a breast cancer diagnosis are less likely to die from breast cancer or any other cause.

May 8, 2014 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Can Multivitamins With Minerals Offer Benefits to Diagnosed Women?

A study suggests that taking a multivitamin with minerals may benefit postmenopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nov 19, 2013 | Diagnosis and Risk Factors
Risk of Heart and Lung Problems From Breast Radiation Higher for Smokers

A meta-analysis found that smokers have a much higher risk of dying from lung cancer or a heart attack as a result of radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Regular Exercise Before Diagnosis Helps Reduce Risk of Treatment-Related Heart Problems

Women who did 5 hours of moderate exercise per week before being diagnosed with breast cancer were much less likely to have heart problems after treatment compared to women who exercised for less time.

Unclear Explanation of Genetic Testing Results Seems to Affect Treatment Decisions

A study suggests that genetic test results are not being clearly communicated to women and may be causing them to opt for breast cancer treatment that is more aggressive than they need.

Exercise Reduces Risk of Heart Disease in Women Treated for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

A structured exercise program of aerobic and weight-bearing exercise reduced the risk of heart disease in overweight or obese women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer.

Apr 2, 2019 | Diagnosis, Exercise and Risk Factors
Risk of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Nearly Three Times Higher for Black Women Than for White Women

Black women are 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer than white women, according to a study of risk factors in more than 198,000 women.

Oct 12, 2021 | Risk Factors and Ethnicity
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