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Breast Cancer

Melatonin could inhibit breast cancer growth: study

A recent study carried out by researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Foundation for Research Support of the State of Sao Paulo has revealed that melatonin, a hormone which regulates the body's sleep-wake cycle, could help slow the growth of certain types of breast cancer tumors.

Intimacy plays role in breast cancer healing

Intimacy, and not necessarily strictly of the romantic kind, can be the key to healing women with breast cancer. There's no doubt that living with breast cancer can be emotionally and physically taxing. Between the shock of the diagnosis, ongoing medical check-ups and changes in the body, the entire situation can create serious life challenges. The change can ultimately lead to depression. That of course, adds to an already frustrating time, compounding the difficulties.

Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy has caused exaggerated fear and confusion for many women

The decision by actress and newfound cancer industry spokeswoman Angelina Jolie to broadcast the cutting off of both her breasts through a double mastectomy earlier this year has generated quite a bit of confusion among the female population, according to new reports. Many women have reportedly developed an exaggerated fear about their risk of developing breast cancer, say some sources, as the direct result of Jolie's viral media blitz.

Tomatoes can help prevent breast cancer

While the debate over whether tomatoes are a fruit, berry or vegetable rages on, their health benefits are well known. Their lycopene content has been linked to a reduction in the risk of certain types of cancers like stomach, oral and prostate cancer. They have even been shown to improve cardiovascular health and combat osteoporosis. Plus, their lutein content is good for your eyes! Another benefit of tomato consumption is its ability to prevent breast cancer in post-menopausal women by helping regulate blood sugar and fat levels. Blood sugar and fat level regulation could make it easier for post-menopausal women to maintain a leaner body weight.

New study finds alarming increase in breast cancer risk following abortions

A new Chinese meta-analysis study has found a huge increase in breast cancer risk for women after having an abortion and that the risk appears to continue to increase after each subsequent abortion. In the study, researchers found that the overall risk of developing breast cancer in women in China who've had an abortion was 44% higher than women who have not had an abortion. The researchers also found that the risk of breast cancer increased by 76% after two abortions and 89% after three.

Flax seeds lower the risk for breast cancer

Did you know that consuming a tablespoon of flax seeds, everyday, can lower your risk for breast cancer? The healing properties of flax seeds have been appreciated since Roman times, and has been one of the most popular medicinal foods – used by Hippocrates to Gandhi.

Marty Pagel, PhD, awarded $2 million NIH grant to study impact of baking soda on breast cancer

University of Arizona Cancer Center member Mark “Marty” Pagel, PhD, will receive a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effectiveness of personalized baking soda therapy to treat breast cancer.

Breast Cancer In Men

When it comes to breast cancer, men may not have celebrities such as Suzanne Somers, Gloria Steinem and Olivia Newton John to help increase awareness of the disease, although they do have actor Richard Roundtree of “Shaft”fame, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and who underwent successful breast removal and chemotherapy. But that does not mean breast cancer in men is any less serious than it is in women, even though it is far less common. Recent breast cancer statistics report that an estimated 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and about 410 men will lose their lives because of the disease.