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Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy

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About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the "agony of chemotherapy", researchers say.It follows trials of a genetic test that analyses the danger of a tumour. Cancer doctors said the findings would change practice in UK clinics on Monday, and meant women in this group could be treated safely with just surgery and hormone therapy.Charities said the news, affecting 3,000 UK women a year, was "wonderful".Chemotherapy is often used after surgery to reduce the chance of breast cancer spreading or coming back. It saves lives, but side-effects of the toxic drugs range from vomiting, fatigue and infertility to permanent nerve pain. In rare cases it can lead to heart failure and leukaemia. T...
Breast screen error 'could have been spotted earlier'

Breast screen error 'could have been spotted earlier'

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Tens of thousands more women in England may have missed out on breast screening invitations dating back further than previously thought, according to a leading cancer expert.Earlier this month, the health secretary said a 2009 computer failure may have shortened up to 270 lives.But Prof Peter Sasieni said the problems go back to 2005, and could have been spotted earlier. Public Health England said his analysis was "flawed".And it said an independent review would look at all aspects of the breast screening service.PHE discovered in January that some women aged 68-71 had not received their final invitation for breast screening.Jeremy Hunt told the Commons that 450,000 women were affected between 2009 and the start of 2018.Prof Sasi...
Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

Multigene test increasingly used to assess breast cancer risk

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May 10 (UPI) -- New research suggests women are increasingly foregoing BRCA tests, which only test for mutations in either of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, opting instead for more comprehensive tests that detect mutations in a larger number of genes.Because multigene tests can identify a variety of mutations, the risks of which aren't well established, health researchers hypothesized the increase in such tests would lead to an uptick in prophylactic mastectomies -- the removal of both breasts to prevent the development of cancers.However, the latest survey of breast cancer testing showed changes in test preferences haven't resulted in more mastectomy surgeries."In general, multigene panel tests yield more clinically useful results and are rapidly becoming the norm," Dr. Allison Kurian, an ass...
Breast cancer screening programme 'does more harm than good'

Breast cancer screening programme 'does more harm than good'

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Routine breast cancer screening can do "more harm than good" and women who missed appointments should "carry on with their lives", doctors have said.A group of 15 health experts have written to the Times, saying women must not be subjected to "fear-mongering".It comes after 450,000 women in England were not invited for routine screening because of a computer error.Breast cancer charities say the screening programme offers women the "best chance" of early detection.'No impact'In the letter to the newspaper, the group of academics and GPs say women aged 70-79 who are being offered catch-up appointments should only seek help if they notice a lump or other symptoms."[They] would be well advised to look this gift horse in the mouth," the medical professionals wrote in the newspaper."The breast ...
The Weird Reason Bodybuilders Are Buying Breast Milk From Nursing Moms

The Weird Reason Bodybuilders Are Buying Breast Milk From Nursing Moms

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There’s a growing market online for nursing mothers who want to sell their breast milk—and weightlifters looking to build muscle are among the buyers. Just this week, one mom who gave birth in August made the claim that she’s pocketed $ 6,000 by selling her milk to bodybuilders.The 24-year-old mom, Rafaela Lamprou, overproduces milk, according to the New York Post, so she sells the excess. It’s not clear why her body makes more milk than her infant son needs, but an oversupply can lead to uncomfortable side effects like breast engorgement and plugged ducts.RELATED: 10 Breastfeeding Myths and FactsLamprou said that she was initially giving away her excess milk to moms who had trouble breastfeeding. But then men started asking