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High Deductibles Keep Some Women From Follow-Up After Troubling Mammogram

Out-of-pocket costs may make as many as 1 in 5 women forgo additional screening when an initial mammogram finds an abnormality, a new U.S. study finds.

The Affordable Care Act improved access to mammograms, but high-deductible insurance plans appear to keep women from important follow-ups, according to the findings.

"The ACA removed out-of-pocket costs for screening mammograms unde...

Exercise Might Ease Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment

An exercise program, even if it's not as intense as national guidelines suggest, could help breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy reduce fatigue and have a better quality of life, new research suggests.

Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Australia included 89 women in this study

How Benign Are 'Benign' Breast Findings? Study Finds Link to Higher Cancer Risk

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Many women feel a lump in their breast or receive an abnormal result on a screening mammogram that turns out to be a cyst or other type of non-cancerous growth.

With this news comes a huge sigh of relief, but it may not be the end of the story, new ...

Even Moderate Exercise Can Boost Survival After Breast Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer survivors may be able to extend their lives, just by taking a brisk walk every day, a new study suggests.

The value of regular exercise -- including the oft-cited daily walk -- is well known. One of the potential health benefits is a lower risk of developing breast cancer.

But it has not been clear whether re...

Study Takes Long-Term Look at Benefits of Radiation After Breast Lumpectomy

FRIDAY, Nov. 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- If you're diagnosed with early breast cancer, treatment often involves breast-conserving surgery followed by chemotherapy, medication and a course of radiation to keep your cancer from coming back. However, little has been known about the long-term benefits of radiation.

Now, new research shows that radiation...

She Thought Cancer Had Won — Until This Experimental Therapy

The breast cancer of author and poet Stephanie Gangi has receded and advanced in wearying waves for two decades now.

First diagnosed and treated in 1999, Gangi’s cancer spread to the bone of her sternum in 2014. In 2021, a tumor the size of an orange appeared on her adrenal gland.

“I could not possibly tell you the number of treatments I’ve been through,” said Gangi, 66, of ...

Breast Cancer Management Services Offer Guidance to At-Risk Patients

Tom Fallon, now 69, felt a lump in his left breast while taking a shower about a year ago. The Florida retiree didn't think much of it at all -- at first.

Within a few months, the lump grew sore and larger, so he went to see his internist. He quickly learned he had breast cancer and was scheduled for a

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  • U.S. Cancer Death Rates Continue to Decline

    The latest statistics from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) show a continuing decline in the number of Americans who die from cancer, although there's been little change in the number of new cancer cases.

    "From 2015 to 2019, overall cancer death rates decreased by 2.1% per year in men and women combined," according to a statement issued by the NCI on Thursday.

    The biggest d...

    Exercise Is Key to Recovery After Breast Cancer Surgery

    The best way to get back to feeling more normal after breast cancer surgery is to get moving, experts say.

    One surgeon offers some post-surgery suggestions for arm stretches and light aerobic exercise.

    "People who return to everyday activity sooner after surgery tend to heal better and hav...

    Radiation Therapy Can Safely Be Cut in Half for Patients With Early Breast Cancer

    Women with early-stage breast cancer who are at high risk for the cancer coming back can do just as well with a shortened course of radiation therapy, researchers report.

    “We can treat patients with early-stage breast cancer who have a higher risk of having their tumors recur in three weeks as opposed...

    Too Often, Women Aren't Told of Sexual Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

    When a man has cancer in an area that affects sexual function, his doctor is likely to discuss it with him.

    But the same is not true for a woman who has cancer in a sex organ, according to new research. Investigators found 9 in 10 men were asked about their sexual health, yet only 1 in 10 women received the same care.

    "There seems to be a big disparity in the way we approach sexual...

    Symptoms of a Rare Breast Cancer That Many Women Could Miss

    Inflammatory breast cancer is rare and has some unusual warning signs that many women don't realize can signal the disease.

    Experts at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center shared those symptoms, raising awareness about this aggressive and deadly type of breast cancer.

    Symptoms are similar to those of a breast infection. They include an orange peel-like texture or di...

    U.S. Breast Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall

    Breast cancer researchers and clinicians have made tremendous progress in reducing death rates in the past three decades, yet a racial gap persists in the United States.

    Even with the lower numbers of actual disease compared to white patients, Black women are still much more likely to die from the disease.

    The American Cancer Society highlights these disparities in a new report.

    1 in 5 Young Women Has No Plans to Get a Mammogram

    Terlisa Sheppard knows the value of tracking changes in her body.

    The Orlando Health patient was eight and a half months pregnant and just 31 years old when she felt a lump under her arm. She left work to get it checked out and "didn't return back to work because that is the evening that I found out I had breast cancer," Sheppard said.

    Now, 23 years later -- and long after deliveri...

    Katie Couric Announces Breast Cancer Diagnosis

    Former TV newswoman and TODAY show anchor Katie Couric has breast cancer.

    Couric shared that information Wednesday on Instagram, while also releasing an essay about the experience on her media website.

    "Every two minutes, ...

    FDA Warns of Rare Cases of Certain Cancers Linked to Breast Implants

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned doctors and their patients about rare cases of squamous cell carcinoma and various lymphomas developing in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants.

    Too Little Exercise, Too Much Sitting Could Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Sitting on the couch or behind a desk could be increasing your risk of breast cancer, a new genetics-driven study suggests.

    People more likely to engage in physical activity based on their DNA had a 41% lower risk of invasive breast cancer, researchers report.

    Previous research also has shown a link betwe...

    Efforts to Preserve Fertility Won't Affect Breast Cancer Outcomes

    Fertility preservation procedures for women with breast cancer won't raise the risk of their cancer returning later, a new Swedish study shows.

    Women who had eggs or embryos frozen before going through chemotherapy did not have any increased risk of cancer recurrence or de...

    Olivia Newton-John, Singer and Actress, Dies at 73

    Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, a major pop star and actress of the '70s and '80s known for her role in the blockbuster movie "Grease," died on Monday. She was 73.

    "Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family's privacy during this very difficult time,...

    Breast Cancer Treatment Effects on Sex Life a Hidden Burden

    Women with breast cancer commonly see their sexual health decline, yet their doctors aren't telling them what to expect -- or what to do about it.

    Those are among the findings of a new study that asked breast cancer patients about their sexual well-being. It showed that most women had sexu...

    When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

    It's important to talk to kids about family health risks, but the impact of sharing this kind of information has been unclear.

    It's probably safe, according to a new study, but how are you supposed to do it -- and when?

    Researchers found that kids generally have no problem coping when cancer risk information is shared with them. But it's not uncommon for parents to struggle with com...

    Keytruda Extends Survival for Women With an Aggressive Breast Cancer

    Adding the drug Keytruda to standard chemotherapy can extend the lives of some women with an aggressive form of breast cancer, a new study finds.

    The study involved women with advanced triple-negative breast cancer, a hard-to-treat form of the disease. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is already approved in the Un...

    Hormone Replacement Therapy Won't Raise Recurrence Rate for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for breast cancer survivors doesn't appear to increase the risk of cancer recurrence or death, Danish researchers report.

    Although HRT has previously been linked to a rais...

    Abortion Bans Could Put Lives of Cancer Patients in Jeopardy

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will limit cancer treatment options for pregnant women and put lives needlessly at risk, America's leading cancer societies warn.

    About one in every 1,000 women who are pregnant will wind up being diagnosed wi...

    Motherhood Doesn't Lower Survival for Women Who've Had Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer survivors who would like to have a baby can take some reassurance from a new study that finds motherhood doesn't lower their future survival chances.

    Moreover, survival rates were no worse in younger women, those who had not been pregnant before or those with

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  • Why Do Black Women Have More Delays for Lifesaving Breast Biopsies?

    Women of color may face delays in getting a biopsy after a screening mammogram suggests they might have breast cancer, a large, new study finds.

    Researchers found that compared with white women, Asian, Black and Hispanic women were all more likely to wait over a month ...

    Breast Cancer May Spread Faster at Night

    When breast cancer patients sleep, tumor cells may "awaken" and spread through the bloodstream, a surprising study out of Switzerland reveals.

    Circulating cancer cells that later form new growths (metastases) do not arise continuously as previously assumed, according to researchers at ETH Zurich, the University Hospital Basel and the University of Basel.

    "When the affected person is...

    Plant-Based Diet May Help Keep Breast Cancer Away

    Women who follow a healthy plant-based diet after menopause appear to face a substantially lower risk for breast cancer, new French research indicates.

    After tracking more than 65,000 women for two decades, investigators found those who consumed a healthy, primarily plant-based diet saw their risk for developing any type of breast cancer drop by an average of 14%.

    But the accent is...

    Diabetes May Mean Worse Long-Term Outcomes for Breast Cancer Survivors

    Breast cancer is tough to beat, but if you also have diabetes and poor blood sugar control your long-term risk of death rises, researchers report.

    Their study included 488 women with metastatic breast cancer, which is cancer that has spread to other organs. Overall survival rates five year...

    Weight-Loss Surgery May Greatly Lower Odds for Many Cancers

    Dropping a load of pounds through weight-loss surgery can significantly decrease your risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to three new studies.

    Obese folks who underwent bariatric surgery were at least two times less likely to develop certain types of cancer and more than three times less likely to die of cancer than heavy people who didn't get the procedure, according to a...

    Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might Skip Radiation

    Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could safely go without radiation therapy after their tumor has been removed, a new study argues.

    Gene testing helped doctors identify a group of women who skipped radiation therapy because their cancer showed very low...

    New Treatments Battle Advanced Breast Cancers

    Two "smart bomb" drugs are offering new hope to women with aggressive breast cancers, a pair of clinical trials show.

    Both medications are antibody-drug conjugates, consisting of a chemo drug that's been wedded to an antibody that delivers the chemotherapy directly to ca...

    Pandemic Caused Millions of U.S. Women to Skip Cancer Screenings

    Millions of U.S. women missed breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

    It found that compared to 2018, the number of women in 2020 who said they had breast cancer screening in the past year fell by 2.13 million (6%). The number of women who ...

    Obesity Stigma Keeps Many From Life-Saving Cancer Screening: Study

    Many people who are overweight or obese avoid cancer screening for fear of stigma and judgment about their weight, British researchers report.

    In a review of 10 published studies, researchers found that many doctors around the world don't look kindly on patients with obesity, an attitude that can affect tre...

    Among Minority Women, Low Vitamin D May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Insufficient vitamin D may play a role in breast cancer, especially among minority women, new research indicates.

    Black and Hispanic American women with low vitamin D levels have a higher risk of breast cancer than those with sufficient vitamin D levels, researchers found.

    The findings sugge...

    Lumpectomy as Effective as Mastectomy for Young Women With Breast Cancer

    Breast cancers that arise before age 40 tend to be more aggressive. But young women who undergo "breast-conserving" surgery are just as likely to survive as those who have a mastectomy, a preliminary study finds.

    The study involved nearly 600 women under age 40 who were treated for breast cancer at one medical center....

    Half of Women Will Get False-Positive Mammogram Over 10 Years of Screening

    Fully half of all women who have annual mammograms to screen for breast cancer will receive a false-positive test result over a decade of screening, according to a new study.

    False-positive results call for further testing and eventually rule out cancer. False alarms can certainly increase anxiety.

    "Women undergoing screening mammography should be aware that being recalled for addit...

    Missed Cancer Screenings During Pandemic Could Raise Death Rate for Years

    The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic kept millions of Americans away from routine cancer screenings. Now a new study finds that many U.S. screening programs were still not back to normal by 2021.

    The study, of more than 700 cancer facilities nationwide, found that in January 2021 - a year after COVID's emergence in the United States - most still had not recovered their pre-pandemic s...

    Mammograms Can Also Highlight Heart Risks: Study

    Your annual screening mammogram may do more than spot breast cancer early - it may give you a heads up on your heart disease risk, too.

    Digital breast X-rays can also detect a build-up of calcium in the arteries of your breasts, an early sign of heart disease. These white ...

    Lymphedema in Legs Strikes 1 in 3 Female Cancer Survivors

    After surviving cancer, many older women suffer severe leg swelling that interferes with everyday life, a new study finds.

    About one-third of older women develop this chronic condition - called lymphedema - after treatment for colon, uterine or ovarian cancer, according to the study.

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    Cancer Patients May Be at Higher Odds for Rare Neurological Disorder

    People with cancer may be at increased risk for a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome, new research has found.

    "Previous studies have suggested there may be a link between cancer and Guillain-Barré syndrome, but just how often people develop

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  • Fewer Breast Cancers May Be 'Overdiagnosed' by Mammograms Than Thought

    Screening mammograms can lead to overdiagnosis of breast cancer, but a new study finds it happens less often than experts have thought.

    Researchers estimated that about 15% of breast cancers caught through routine mammography screening are overdiagnoses -- meaning the tumors would never have caused h...

    Getting Rid of Meat in Your Diet May Lower Cancer Risk

    People who go meat-free, or at least put limits on it, may have lower risks of some of the most common cancers, a new, large study suggests.

    British researchers stressed that their findings do not prove definitively that vegetarian/vegan diets cut people's cancer risks. In fact, there ...

    Why Is Cancer-Linked Benzene in So Many Personal Care Products?

    Dozens of different spray products -- deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, athlete's foot treatments -- have been recalled in recent months due to contamination with the cancer-causing chemical benzene.

    Most recently, six Brut and Sure aerosol antiperspirants

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  • Women at Higher Odds for Side Effects From Some Cancer Treatments

    Gender differences extend to cancer treatments, with women having a higher risk of severe side effects from certain treatments than men, a new study finds.

    Previous research concluded women tend to have more side effects from chemotherapy, and this new paper shows the same is true for

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  • Immune-Based Therapy Shows Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancers

    An experimental therapy that harnesses the body's tumor-fighting immune cells may be effective for some women with advanced breast cancer, early research suggests.

    The findings come from an ongoing trial at the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is testing a new approach to treating women whose brea...

    Biden Relaunches Cancer Moonshot Initiative

    President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he is giving a new push to the cancer moonshot initiative that he first led during the Obama administration.

    In his announcement, Biden said the program would aim to boost prevention, screening and research with a target of reducing the cancer death rate by 50% over the ne...

    Could a Pap Test Help Detect Breast, Ovarian Cancers, Too?

    Pap tests have long been used to detect cervical cancer early, but preliminary research suggests that cervical cells collected during those tests could also be used to catch other cancers, including deadly ovarian tumors.

    Researchers found that by analyzing a particular molecular "signature" in cervical...

    Most Americans Don't Know Alcohol Can Raise Cancer Risk

    Most American adults don't know that alcohol boosts cancer risk, but a majority support steps to increase awareness of the link, a new nationwide survey shows.

    ""It is important that people are made fully aware of the potential harms of alcohol so that they may make informed decisions about alcohol consumption," said study author Kara Wiseman. She's an assistant professor of public health...

    Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

    Most gene variants that have been labeled "pathogenic" may make only a small difference in a person's risk of actually developing disease, a new study suggests.

    Scouring genetic data on more than 72,000 individuals,