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Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

Breast cancer: Scan younger women at risk, charity says

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Younger women with a family history of breast cancer should receive annual screenings to pick up the disease earlier, a charity says.Breast Cancer Now funded a study which found cancers were detected sooner when 35 to 39-year-olds at risk had annual mammograms.NHS screening often starts at the age of 40 for women with a family history.Experts need to balance the benefits of doing more checks against causing any undue worry or over-treatment. The study's authors said that more analysis was needed on the risks, costs and benefits of extending the screening programme.But Baroness Delyth Morgan, the charity's chief executive, called for the government's forthcoming review of NHS screening programmes in England to consider the introduction of scans for women a...
Promising new drug for aggressive stage IV breast cancer encounters setback

Promising new drug for aggressive stage IV breast cancer encounters setback

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Federal approval of a highly anticipated breast cancer drug was delayed by the Food and Drug Administration this week. The drug, sacituzumab govitecan, which is produced by Immunomedics, was previously designated a "breakthrough therapy" by the FDA “based on preliminary evidence that it demonstrates substantial improvement over existing therapies for a life threatening disease.” According to Michael Pehl, president and CEO of Immunomedics, the reason the medication was not approved for wide availability was due to “issues...exclusively focused on chemistry, manufacturing and control matters” and that “no new clinical or preclinical data need[s] to be generated.” He added, “We are going to request a meeting with the FDA as soon as possible &hell...
New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

New imaging method could speed up breast cancer diagnosis

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Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new technology to track tumor development within human breast tissue, a study says. The new system has the potential to speed up a normally lengthy process. A traditional cancer diagnosis takes a few days and requires tissue to be removed, dyed with chemicals and examined by a pathologist. This research, published Wednesday in Science Advances, detailed how the portable optical imaging system simultaneously captured images from surgically-removed breast tissue with light pulses in four modalities. The researchers tested their new tool during breast cancer surgeries at Carle Foundation Hospital. They took cancer breast tissue removed from patients and located particular molecular features linked t...
Breast cancer tumors may recruit bone marrow cells for growth

Breast cancer tumors may recruit bone marrow cells for growth

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Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Breast cancer tumors can grow by recruiting other cells from bone marrow, lowering the chances of a patient's survival, a new study says. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that cells found in breast cancer tumors can strengthen themselves by pulling in non-cancerous fibroblasts originally formed in bone marrow called mesenchymal stromal cells, or MSCs. "Our study shows that the recruitment of bone marrow-derived fibroblasts is important for promoting tumor growth, likely by enhancing blood vessel formation," Neta Erez, researcher at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, said in a press release. Researchers from Tel Aviv University tested mice with breast cancer and noticed many fibroblasts from MSCs within the tumor. The fibroblast...
Safety concerns raised over breast implants

Safety concerns raised over breast implants

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An investigation has raised safety concerns about the most commonly used type of silicone breast implant in the UK.Women in France are now being advised not to use "textured" silicone implants while authorities investigate links with a rare form of cancer. British women are still having the implants put in and there has been no warning from the UK regulator to stop.It says it will take action when it sees there is a problem.A Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) spokesman said: "We know that there are ongoing concerns about the safety of silicone breast implants - we're keeping a very close eye on that." Manufacturers say the safety of the implants is supported by extensive testing and studies, as well as...