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2011-12-14 06:48:00

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and affects approximately one million women worldwide. But a new study shows many postmenopausal women who are treated for estrogen-sensitive breast cancer quit using drugs that help prevent the disease from recurring because of side effects. "Clinicians consistently underestimate the side effects associated with treatment," lead investigator Lynne Wagner, an associate professor in medical social sciences at...

2011-12-12 10:34:20

Side effects are so bad women end treatment and risk return of cancer Why do so many postmenopausal women who are treated for estrogen-sensitive breast cancer quit using drugs that help prevent the disease from recurring? The first study to actually ask the women themselves -- as well as the largest, most scientifically rigorous study to examine the question -- reports 36 percent of women quit early because of the medications' side effects, which are more severe and widespread than...

Birth Control Pill For Nuns Would Reduce Cancer Risks
2011-12-08 11:34:18

A strong risk factor for cancer in women is childlessness, and a new study in The Lancet suggests that nuns be prescribed the contraceptive pill in hopes of reducing enhanced death rates of nuns from breast, ovarian and uterine cancer that result from their childlessness. Pregnancy and breastfeeding a baby reduces the number of ovulatory cycles a woman has in her lifetime and an increased number of ovulatory cycles increases cancer risk. Women who begin their periods at an early age and...

2011-12-07 21:59:58

Changing the order in which two drugs are taken significantly extended the lives of women with metastatic breast cancer, a study has found. Women who took the drugs anastrozole and fulvestrant in combination lived more than six months longer than women who took the drugs in sequence, researchers reported Dec. 7 at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. "This most likely will change the standard of care for how we treat these patients," said Kathy Albain, MD, of Loyola...

2011-12-07 21:34:36

Researchers have proven the continuing effectiveness of treating patients with estrogen receptor-positive premenopausal breast cancer with adjuvant zoledronic acid in addition to adjuvant endocrine treatment including ovarian function suppression. Data from the Austrian Breast & Colorectal Cancer Study Group (ABCSG-12), reported at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 6-10, 2011, confirmed and extended data reported at 48 months and 62 months of follow-up....

FDA Considers Blood Clot Warning On Birth Control Pill Yaz
2011-12-07 14:01:11

The Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday that they are leaning towards adding new information about the risk of blood clots to labels of birth control pills. The FDA said there is conflicting evidence about the risk, but the information should still appear in labeling used by doctors and patients. "We believe that, because of the consistency in recent reports for an increased risk, product labeling should reflect that very real possibility," the FDA said. The agency will ask...

Herbicide Spurs Reproductive Problems In Many Animals
2011-11-29 04:19:57

An international team of researchers has reviewed the evidence linking exposure to atrazine — an herbicide widely used in the U.S. and more than 60 other nations — to reproductive problems in animals. The team found consistent patterns of reproductive dysfunction in amphibians, fish, reptiles and mammals exposed to the chemical. Atrazine is the second-most widely used herbicide in the U.S. More than 75 million pounds of it are applied to corn and other crops, and it is the most...

2011-11-16 22:52:28

Many men discontinue treatment, increasing their chances for recurrence About half of male breast cancer patients who take the drug tamoxifen to prevent their disease from returning report side effects such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction, which prompts more than 20 percent of them to discontinue treatment, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study, which is the largest to date of how the estrogen-blocking drug is tolerated in men...

Contraceptive Pill Possibly Linked To Prostate Cancer
2011-11-15 09:18:16

Research published in the online journal, BMJ Open, suggests that use of the contraceptive pill is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, which is the most common cancer type among males in the developed world, BBC reports. Canadian investigators report that they may have found a possible link between use of the contraceptive pill and prostate cancer rates. However experts are taking pains to point out this is not proof that one causes the other and it could possibly be an...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.