New Research: Preventative Mastectomies and Reducing Breast Cancer Risk 

New research from Canada shows that preventive mastectomies can reduce the risks of breast cancer in women with certain forms of BRCA genes that, without intervention, significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. Mutations Raise Risk Every human has both the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. However, sometimes these genes become damaged or change in some … Read more

Light Shed on Relationship Between Environmental Factors and Breast Cancer Incidence

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Breast cancer is the most common and second most fatal invasive cancer in the U.S. female population. Modern scientists have long studied the relationships between breast cancer risk and genetic and environmental factors, forming a general consensus that both types of factors play a role.  A recent study conducted by Duke University researchers, entitled Cumulative … Read more

New Study Shows More Walkable Neighborhoods Have Reduced Risk for Obesity-Related Cancer

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The New York University Women’s Health Study (NYUWHS), featured in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), conducted a study tracking the correlation between the risk of obesity-related cancers in women and the annual average of neighborhood walkability. Between the years 1985 and 1991, the NYUWHS recruited 14,274 women and followed them for approximately thirty … Read more

Breast Cancer Vaccine Safely Generates Anti-Tumor Immunity

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer in the world. Despite many new treatments and advancements in various therapies, relapse and metastasis are an ongoing challenge for patients and the medical community. As such, researchers continue to look into new treatments and search for breakthroughs. One promising new study from the Washington … Read more

New Study Shows Correlation Between Cancer and Long COVID

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According to a recent study published in the online academic journal, eLife, over 50% of cancer patients who suffered from acute COVID-19 reported long COVID symptoms as far as seven months after their recovery. Female patients were more likely to report persistent long COVID symptoms, which include fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, myalgia (muscle aches and pains), … Read more

Awareness for Male Breast Cancer – Don’t Leave it Too Late

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Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the US, yet it is also possible for men to be diagnosed too. Although males receive only up to 1% of all breast cancer diagnoses, it is usually diagnosed at later, harder-to-treat stages, leading to approximately 500 men dying from it each year in … Read more

Genes and Mutations: Understanding BRC1 and BRC2

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All women are at risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime. There are various risk factors that can increase the likelihood, one of them being genetic susceptibility. Genes are segments of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), and DNA makes up chromosomes. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, receiving half of each pair from the mother and … Read more

The Signs of Ovarian Cancer: Know What to Look For

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Cancer, a word everyone is familiar with, is a term for diseases that can affect any part of the body. These diseases are caused by the rapid, abnormal growth of cells that have the potential to extend beyond their normal boundaries into other parts of the body and organs. When diagnosed and treated in the … Read more

Promising Cancer Research Found in New RNA-based Cancer Drug

The world’s first RNA-based cancer drug has revealed promising results according to a peer-reviewed study in the scientific journal Advanced Materials. Overall, the report states that this new drug, tested on mice, has the potential to boost the effectiveness of both chemotherapy and immunotherapy – or, in this case, the combined treatments called chemo-immunotherapy.  The … Read more

What Is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and How Does It Relate To The BRCA Gene Mutation?

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Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form of breast cancer which spreads and grows rapidly in the body. Approximately 10-15% of all breast cancers are TNCB, named triple-negative for its negative testing of three molecular components – estrogen, progesterone, and human epidermal growth factor (HER2). This cancer is more likely to return than other … Read more