Women's Health

Fifteen new breast cancer genetic risk 'hot-spots' revealed

Researchers compared tiny variations in the genetic make-up of more than 120,000 women of European ancestry, with and without breast cancer, and identified 15 new genetic variations linked to a higher risk of the disease.

Chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery increases likelihood of breast-preserving procedure

Patients with larger malignant tumors of the breast who undergo chemotherapy before breast cancer surgery are more likely to opt for a breast-preserving procedure, according to a new study.

Anesthetic technique could spare some women from chronic pain after breast cancer surgery

A regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care could potentially spare a third of women undergoing a mastectomy chronic post-operative pain, according to study data.

Ultrasound lags behind MRI for supplemental breast cancer screening

Breast screening via ultrasound is unaffected by breast density, is not associated with ionizing radiation, and does not require IV contrast material, but acceptance of this modality has lagged.

Breast cancer more likely to be advanced stage disease at diagnosis in women with diabetes

Breast cancer more likely to be advanced stage disease at diagnosis in women with diabetes

Breast cancer in women with diabetes is more likely to be advanced stage at diagnosis.

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer are less likely to select a surgeon or determine hospital based on reputation.

Inappropriate breast and prostate imaging of Medicare beneficiaries examined

An association of high rates of inappropriate imaging for prostate cancer and breast cancer found in a study of Medicare beneficiaries suggests that regional culture could contribute to inappropriate imaging.

Algorithm increases surgical success in advanced ovarian cancer

A new surgical algorithm allows for greater percentage of visible tumor removal.

US women's awareness of breast density varies

Disparities exist regarding the level of awareness and knowledge of breast density among US women, according to a study.

Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed over cancer concerns

Angelina Jolie has ovaries, fallopian tubes removed over cancer concerns

Actress Angelina Jolie underwent surgery to remove her fallopian tubes and ovaries out of fear of a hereditary form of cancer.

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