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Breast cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women, although male breast cancer is rare. When breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body, they are called metastases. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer. Breast cancer can begin in different parts of the breast, like the ducts or the lobes.
Smoking during pregnancy increases ovarian and breast cancer risks for daughters

Smoking during pregnancy increases ovarian and breast cancer risks for daughters

A new study has found women who smoke when pregnant are putting their daughters at a greater risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer later in life. [More]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS announce new initiative to enhance genetic testing practices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS announce new initiative to enhance genetic testing practices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System are collaborating with physicians and laboratories across the state as part of a new initiative to improve genetic testing practices. [More]
Philips, UC Irvine partner to explore effectiveness of spectral imaging in breast density measurement

Philips, UC Irvine partner to explore effectiveness of spectral imaging in breast density measurement

Royal Philips today announced its collaboration with the University of California, Irvine, to explore how spectral breast imaging can improve breast density measurement, potentially aiding clinicians in more accurately gauging breast cancer risks and monitoring changes over time. [More]
Adding goserelin drug to chemotherapy prevents early menopause in young women with breast cancer

Adding goserelin drug to chemotherapy prevents early menopause in young women with breast cancer

Early menopause can be prevented and fertility may be preserved in young women with early stage breast cancer, according to a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine [More]
Finding may help advance experimental approach to improving public health

Finding may help advance experimental approach to improving public health

Scientists have discovered a new way to manipulate how cells function, a finding that might help advance an experimental approach to improving public health: DNA vaccines, which could be more efficient, less expensive and easier to store than traditional vaccines. [More]
Changing breast cancer cells' shape could make the disease more sensitive to treatments

Changing breast cancer cells' shape could make the disease more sensitive to treatments

Changing the shape of breast cancer cells could make the disease more sensitive to treatments - even driving the body's own inflammatory response against a tumour - a new study shows. [More]
Life expectancy for Spaniards increases due to 'cardiovascular revolution'

Life expectancy for Spaniards increases due to 'cardiovascular revolution'

Over the last century, life expectancy for Spaniards has increased by 40 years. A study by the International University of La Rioja highlights the main cause, since 1980, as being the reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases while other pathologies, such as mental illnesses and certain types of cancer, have been seen to rise. The authors predict that the effects of the economic recession on mortality will show up in the long-term. [More]
Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics LLC received the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute's 2015 Rx Innovation Award today in recognition of its innovative "Specialty Drug Watch List." [More]
Mayo Clinic study: Awareness of breast density varies among U.S. women

Mayo Clinic study: Awareness of breast density varies among U.S. women

Disparities in the level of awareness and knowledge of breast density exist among U.S. women, according to the results of a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [More]
New report: Prevalence of CKD in the U.S. projected to increase 16.7% by 2030

New report: Prevalence of CKD in the U.S. projected to increase 16.7% by 2030

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) will rise in the United States, according to a new report led by RTI International and published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases during March's National Kidney Month. [More]
Study findings raise questions about additional value of cancer care in the U.S.

Study findings raise questions about additional value of cancer care in the U.S.

Despite sharp increases in spending on cancer treatment, cancer mortality rates in the United States have decreased only modestly since 1970, Samir Soneji, PhD of Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice has found. [More]
MIT researchers develop new nanodevice that can help overcome drug resistance

MIT researchers develop new nanodevice that can help overcome drug resistance

Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as cancer cells become resistant to drug treatment, tumors can grow back. A new nanodevice developed by MIT researchers can help overcome that by first blocking the gene that confers drug resistance, then launching a new chemotherapy attack against the disarmed tumors. [More]
Study debunks false reports surrounding risk of hormone therapy

Study debunks false reports surrounding risk of hormone therapy

For over a decade, hormone therapy (HT) has been a hot topic in medicine. Unfortunately, women are still confused and concerned about using HT after two federally-funded studies linked HT to potentially serious health risks. [More]

Study shows only 44% of black males prefer to be investigated for prostate cancer

The incidence of prostate cancer among men of Afro-Caribbean origin is higher than in white men, they are more likely to be diagnosed as emergencies and their mortality rates are higher. [More]
Patients who undergo chemo before breast cancer operation more likely to opt for lumpectomy

Patients who undergo chemo before breast cancer operation more likely to opt for lumpectomy

Patients with larger malignant tumors of the breast who undergo chemotherapy before a breast cancer operation are more likely to opt for a breast-preserving procedure and forgo a mastectomy (surgical removal of the breast), according to a new study published online as an "article in press" in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

FDA approves LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to prevent pregnancy

Actavis plc, a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, and Medicines360, a nonprofit women's health pharmaceutical company, today announced the approval of LILETTA (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. [More]
New test can predict survival chances of women with breast cancer

New test can predict survival chances of women with breast cancer

Scientists have developed a new test which can predict the survival chances of women with breast cancer by analysing images of 'hotspots' where there has been a fierce immune reaction to a tumour. [More]
EORTC researchers review potential treatment options for patients with locally advanced breast cancer

EORTC researchers review potential treatment options for patients with locally advanced breast cancer

Treating patients with locally advanced inoperable breast cancer is an extremely difficult task. The overwhelming majority of patients treated for this disease suffer relapse and, despite the best multimodal treatment, do not survive. There is a medical need to examine current and potential treatments, and EORTC researchers have recently published an article in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology concerning this topic. [More]
Noble Hospital surgeon to present work on new breast cancer device at Miami Breast Cancer Conference

Noble Hospital surgeon to present work on new breast cancer device at Miami Breast Cancer Conference

A Noble Hospital breast surgeon's work with a new device that improves treatment of breast cancers will be featured later this month at a prestigious international medical conference. [More]
Researchers develop revolutionary approach to treat drug-resistant tumors

Researchers develop revolutionary approach to treat drug-resistant tumors

In greater than 90 percent of cases in which treatment for metastatic cancer fails, the reason is that the cancer is resistant to the drugs being used. To treat drug-resistant tumors, doctors typically use multiple drugs simultaneously, a practice called combination therapy. [More]